George Lucas is Retiring From Blockbusters. Probably.

George LucasCan you imagine George Lucas making small, indie films that only show in arthouse theaters in New York and Los Angeles? Well that’s apparently what the creator/director/writer of the “Star War” and “Indiana Jones” franchise plans to be doing once he “retires” from blockbuster moviemaking.

In a New York Times profile to promote his World War II movie “Red Tails”, Lucas had this to say about his future in films:

I’m retiring. I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.

So what does that mean, exactly? His producing partner Rick McCallum elaborates:

He will have completed his task as a man and a filmmaker [and will now be doing films that are] small in scope, esoteric in subject and screened mostly in art houses. They’ll be like the experimental movies Lucas made in the 1960s, around the time he was at U.S.C. film school, when he recorded clouds moving over the desert and made a movie based on an E. E. Cummings poem.

So, no more awkward romances in faraway planets? Borderline racist CGI bad guys or “funny” sidekicks? Clunky dialogue about midichlorians? And whose fault is it that Lucas is talking about retiring? It might be all your fault, Internet fanboys:

Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are? On the internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made a change are completely changing the movie,” complained Lucas, referring to online video re-cuts of his films. “I’m saying: ‘Fine. But my movie, with my name on it, that says I did it, needs to be the way I want it.’

But despite his newfound need for indie filmmaking, Lucas is still leaving open the possibility of doing a fifth “Indiana Jones” movie. And of course, there are all those “Star Wars” films he’s re-releasing in 3D, which will probably take another six years of his time. Then there’s that “Star Wars” live-action TV show he’s been talking about doing for years now, the “Star Wars” animated stuff…

So yeah, he says he’s done with it, but let’s face it, he’s not really done with it.

George Lucas on the Set of Star Wars

Via : Playlist, THR