'Star Wars' Producer Rick McCallum Quietly Retired from Lucasfilm
Following in the footsteps of his longtime friend and collaborator George Lucas, it looks like Star Wars producer Rick McCallum is quietly retiring from Lucasfilm as well. In fact, that should actually be said in the past tense as LucasFilm team member Steve Sansweet announced on ForceCast (via The Playlist) that McCallum has actually already retired from LucasFilm. That tidbit went unnoticed in the frenzy of excitement the day after Disney announced their purchase of Lucasfilm and announced Star Wars: Episode VII for release in 2015. Looks like we're entering a whole new era for Lucasfilm and Star Wars.
With Lucas and McCallum no longer steering the ship, this means that Kathleen Kennedy is probably inheriting all their Star Wars duties. This includes everything from the anticipated new trilogy of films to the "Clone Wars" TV series (expected to move from Cartoon Network to a Disney channel after this fifth season concludes) and the long gestating live-action TV series that has been hyped for years. Plus, Disney likely has a lot of Star Wars plans in store to keep the saga live in more arenas other than the big screen, so Kennedy is going to be quite busy.
We're not sure why McCallum's departure hasn't been more discussed since he's been a big part of the Star Wars saga since the Special Editions hit theaters in 1997, attending conventions and answering rumors and hype in the press for various Star Wars projects. Perhaps he's just ready to relax and let someone else deal with the stress of pleasing one of the most rabid fanbases out there. Either way, McCallum has been an important component at Lucasfilm, and even though he wasn't around for the better times of the Star Wars saga, his hard work is nothing to scoff at. Good luck in the future, Mr. McCallum.