I guess he figures there aren't anymore of his franchises to ruin.
Jan 17 - 01:19 PM
DON'T RETIRE!!!! FORGET WHAT THE GODFORSAKEN FANS SAY, GEORGE! (fans are more godforsaken MEAN-SPIRITED now than they were in 1977). Do what John Landis did with Coming to America AND Trading Places AND Michael Jackson's Thriller: Direct films to BUILD and BOOST positive images of Americans of African Descent!
Jan 18 - 11:27 AM
Whenever you try to make a Hollywood Movie with a largely black cast, expect to CATCH HELL . . . "Black Movies" don't earn as much money as "White Movies"----which is true//James Brown: Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud!
Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud!
One more time!
Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud!
Jan 18 - 11:35 AM
The most revealing interview from Lucas ever and deserves a proper print out! And no, I don't think he should retire but at the same time, he's not as consistent as a 'director' and should stick just to writing and producing without any arguments especially Spielberg if he wants slight changes!
Jan 17 - 01:26 PM
"Lucas has decided to devote the rest of his life to what cineastes in the 1970s used to call personal films."
I hope this actually happens. THX 1138 and American Graffiti are great movies. I'd like to see more original work from Lucas.
Jan 17 - 01:30 PM
I hate that quote. Like 'personal films' were exclusive to the 70s, or even then exclusive to 'cineastes'. Audiences are not expected to respect personal films anymore, so make them seem irrelevent, quaint even.
Jan 18 - 03:35 PM
Don't Tase Me Bro
When he's finally gone, I'll welcome a reboot of all the STAR WARS films (but only if they're shot back-to-back like LOTR/HOBBIT with a single, visionary director).
Reboot STAR WARS. Yeah. I went there.
Jan 17 - 03:32 PM
Jesse Leon Rodgers Jr
Nah, just remake the prequels.
Jan 17 - 06:00 PM
Nah, just do like the Star Wars xmas special, and delete them from existence (not that you can).
Jan 18 - 08:35 AM
Wouldn't have the same effect. Any remake would be doomed to catastrophic failure.
Jan 17 - 06:25 PM
Did someone say "remake"? I think they meant "rewrite".
Jan 18 - 12:03 AM
I agree. Rewrite some of that terrible dialogue. This is the only franchise that made actors considerably worse.
Jan 18 - 07:00 AM
HERESY!!!! SACRILEGE!!!! (remake Star Wars Movies, whew.)///Actually, I'm always interested in seeing what people come-up with in re-envisioning films.
Jan 18 - 11:31 AM
No, go back and change the changes he made to the originals, and I honestly don't even care about better prequels. Prequels weren't necessary in the first place.
Jan 18 - 02:07 PM
A few guys tell him no and he's ready to retire. Poor sensitive man.
Jan 17 - 06:59 PM
@ Jesse & Big: I'll always love Episodes IV-VI...they're cinematic treasures. No remake will ever tarnish their iconic positioning in cinema history.
But these films deserve some technological continuity, not just post-production gimmickry. And a good director paying the highest respect to Lucas's vision could abridge the films with more fluidity. You could cut out the damn Ewoks song and dance in VI, and even possibly get serious about the fabled VII-IX films with the same cast from IV-VI reprising...we're taking about a potential for 9 films.
I wonder if Lucas is afraid of this happening after his demise...a reason he keeps updating. What''s the next technological permutation of the films? Smell-O-Vision? I'll be in the lobby buying popcorn for the Jabba scenes...
Yeah, a full reboot is controversial. It certainly invites widespread condemnation from the Kevin Smiths of this world. But I seriously see some positives with a 6 to 9 film franchise that expands on Lucas's vision. And while STAR WARS will always remain in a class by itself, not all remakes are doomed: 3:10 TO YUMA, TRUE GRIT, THE DEPARTED, 13 ASSASSINS, are a few remakes that fared pretty well. (However, none of these films will ever be as culturally engrained as STAR WARS).
Jan 17 - 07:09 PM
That's the thing for me, you'd almost have to wait for all of us of the Wars generation to die before trying it. I remember being a kid sitting in the audience for Empire and just walking out of the theater in shock that Vader was his father. I've never had a cinematic experience that came close to that (Maybe the Kaiser Soze reveal, but that's even stretching it to the extreme). I just can't imagine anybody being able to catch that lightning in a bottle again with the same or similar material.
Jan 18 - 05:10 AM
He's quitting? I'll believe it when I see it. As it stands, I can't see him do small, personal films. He never was a filmmaker - George Lucas is (and always will be) a merchandiser. It isn't in his nature to make movies that can't be further monetized.
Jan 17 - 08:02 PM
I guess you've never seen THX-1138 and American Graffiti.
Jan 18 - 09:43 AM
Yes, because Lucas didn't find a way to monetize THX - and the fact that the audio technology used in some films called "THX" is coincidental. And American Graffiti is an exception to the rule - it doesn't disprove my statement.
Jan 18 - 11:06 AM
You said, "George Lucas is (and always will be) a merchandiser. It isn't in his nature to make movies that can't be further monetized."
He obviously wasn't always that way if he started out making small, personal films. He secured himself merchandising rights for the first Star Wars as a means to an end, so he could find a way to get the movie made. He's definitely done well for himself by following that model, but it doesn't mean he can't do the personal films again.
Jan 18 - 11:38 AM
He STARTED out that way because that's how you HAVE to start. You find a way to get people's attention; and when you do, you come to the Moment of Truth. Are you a pure teller or merchandiser? He's the latter. I'm not ripping on him at all. I actually admire him. But don't romanticize a man with false pretenses. And yes, he may have gone into the merchandising side to get Star Wars made, but after decades of finding ways to milk that cow dry, you can't honestly use that excuse anymore.
Jan 18 - 01:27 PM
Maybe it was the absoluteness of your statement, Noah ("never", "always"). I agree with arendr that Lucas was a maker of personal films in the 70s ("Graffitti" is nearly autobiographical), and maybe it was the lucrative merchendising contract he got, and the ensuing toy-funds rolling in, that changed his mind. I think his technical perfectionism, even though it endowed the wonderful ILM, isolated him further from storytelling. I think the prequels suffered due to Lucas' own storytelling negligence over the years.
Jan 18 - 03:29 PM
Suddenly I have a great deal more respect for Lucas, while at the same time I have a great deal less respect for Hollywood. The former is inspiring and honorable in the highest sense of the word. The latter, well, not surprising in the least.
Jan 18 - 08:08 AM
Even I was surprised a Fox exectutive (HOW much money has Lucas made for them exactly?!?) had the balls to not even show up for a screening, a screening I'm assuming he's being paid to watch.
Jan 18 - 04:06 PM
‚??I can‚??t make that movie,‚?? Lucas recalled thinking when he read the scripts. ‚??I‚??m going to have make this kind of . . . entertainment movie.‚?? So Lucas focused on the middle chapter: the dogfights and the Nazi-hunting black pilots who shout, ‚??How you like that, Mr. Hitler!‚?? (When I mention Lucas‚??s na√Įve style to Michael Bay, the director of the ‚??Transformers‚?? movies, he says sympathetically, ‚??That‚??s what I get crap for from my critics.‚??)
-have to laugh at how clueless some directors are
Jan 18 - 08:19 AM
Kinda makes me sad, like graduation day.
Hope he finds the success he's looking for with Red Tails.
After putting up $58 million to get it made, and a further $35 million for the ads, he's convinced me to be there opening day.
Any filmmaker willing to sink $93 million of their own money into a film they've been envisioning for 20 years as earned my eyeballs in front of their film.
Jan 18 - 10:18 AM
Is Red Tails not being screened? It opens the day after tomorrow, but only has one review on here.
Jan 18 - 10:47 AM
Of course it's being screened. This article lays out two different preview screenings.
Don't know where all the reviews are.
Jan 18 - 11:48 AM
This article makes it pretty clear that there are many, even within the studio selling the film (seriously, how do you not even show up for a screening?), who are hoping for this to be a bomb.
Jan 18 - 03:37 PM
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