George Lucas claims he’s retiring from blockbusters


In a recent profile on George Lucas and Red Tails, the filmmaker told The New York Times that the WWII movie will be his final blockbuster. (He makes an exception for Indiana Jones 5: The Dream Child.) “I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff,” Lucas said. Producer, collaborator, and Bib Fortuna-like fellow Rick McCallum added:

Once this is finished, he’s done everything he’s ever wanted to do. He will have completed his task as a man and a filmmaker.

Instead of blockbusters, Lucas says he wants to make films that are small, personal, esoteric, and even experimental, sort of like the ones he did before Star Wars. This would be an interesting move if he were sincere about it. It’s also a big “if.”

In the same New York Times profile and during his recent appearance on The Daily Show, Lucas threw around the idea of a Red Tails prequel and sequel if the movie does well at the box office. That sounds a lot more like the George we know.

[The New York Times via The Film Stage]

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