Director George Lucas Seemingly Done Making Blockbuster Films?
With the three Star Wars prequels in his past and his second passion project finally hitting theaters in the form of Red Tails later this month, it sounds like filmmaker George Lucas is ready to step away from show business altogether. Well, at least he's doing to be done making the kind of films we've come to expect from the man behind such iconic franchise as The Star Wars Saga and the Indiana Jones series. Though Lucas recently told The NY Times, "I’m retiring. I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff," longtime producing partner Rick McCallum doesn't think Lucas is done completely.
In speaking with Collider, McCallum says Red Tails is basically the last film that Lucas has really wanted to make, but there may be different kinds of movies still percolating inside the flannel-shirted filmmaker's mind. Here's what the producer had to say:
“Red Tails is the last of all the films that he ever said [he wanted to make]. He started 23 years ago on Red Tails and now he has fulfilled everything he set out to do, which no…very few filmmakers ever get an opportunity to do. He’s done everything that he actually wanted and planned to do, including more American Graffiti, including the revised version of [THX]. He got to be able to do everything that he actually wanted to do.
Now, with [Red Tails] completed, a little bit of rest, now I think he can set upon the next chapter of his life and figure out, ‘Okay, do I have a new set of films, a new kind of films that I want to do?’ And that’s what we hope and wait anxiously to hear from him on.”
At the very least, it sounds like George Lucas might do what his fans have been calling for over the past few years. It doesn't sound like Lucas will be making anymore Star Wars movies, and just might be done playing around with the universe on film altogether. On the idea of making Episodes 7, 8 and 9 Lucas says:
“Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?"
Obviously the director is sick of the naysaying, but having some new Star Wars movies out of the hands of George Lucas wouldn't be so bad. And it sure as hell beats him messing with the old trilogy. Either way, it sounds like Lucas is just tired, and he might just need a break. After all, he's been talking about returning to smaller films like THX 1138 and American Graffiti with the potential of becoming the truly gifted auteur he was in his younger years. American Graffiti is one of my favorite films of all time, and if he can return to that kind of personal, homegrown film, I'd love to see Lucas step away from blockbusters for an indie film. No matter your view on the Star Wars universe and Lucas' meddling with it, you can't deny the man's impact on cinema and the legacy his work leaves behind.