George Lucas & Rick McCallum May Team Up Again on Indie Films
We already found out that producer Rick McCallum somewhat unceremoniously left Lucasfilm last week, but this past weekend, he made it more official with a statement on StarWars.com. For the fans, he reassured everyone that, "There's only person in the world who could do this, and that's Kathleen Kennedy," he said. "The Star Wars saga will always be taken care of under her leadership." So what's next for the man behind Star Wars since 1997 and other endeavors like Red Tails and "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"? McCallum is now turning his attention to some independent films that will take him overseas. Read on!
McCallum said in his update:
"I have a Russian film about the Babi Yar Massacre in development that is being directed by Sergei Loznitsa. I am also working with Tomás Masín on a Czech story about two brothers who escaped Czechoslovakia during the Cold War while being chased by 28,000 Soviet soldiers in what is still the largest manhunt in history. I'm also working on a film with David Oyelowo and developing a film with Laurence Bowen about the Boy Soldiers of Sierra Leone."
In addition, it sounds like George Lucas might end up reuniting with McCallum on some future projects. Lucas intends to work on his own films (indies that he's always talked about over the years), but he told Variety, "I hope to be able to collaborate with Rick again on one of these projects as I go off to make my own experimental films." If that means we get some innovative like THX 1138 or a classic like American Graffiti again, that'd be nice. But I'm just glad that Lucas is done putting his hands in the cookie jar of Star Wars, even if he is still a consultant.
Speaking of which, Lucas recently clarified his role in the new Star Wars on that front telling Access Hollywood, “[If the filmmakers ask],‘Who’s this guy?’ I can tell them. I mean, they have a hundred encyclopedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say, ‘This is this and this is that.’ Basically I’m not — I don’t really have much to do.” So there you have it. The influence of Lucas isn't going to be much with this new trilogy, aside from his creation of the universe and story plans for the continuing arc of the saga itself. We'll keep you updated on projects from Lucas and McCallum and, of course, all things Star Wars.