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George Lucas To Retire?
Says Red Tails is his final blockbuster

18 January 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: New York Times

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George Lucas To Retire?

Take this with a pinch of salt, since we can't imagine we'll really be saying goodbye to the great man anytime in the near future. But a lengthy and fascinating profile in the New York Times sees George Lucas claiming he's planning his retirement, now that Red Tails is almost done and dusted.

"I'm moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff," he says.

"All this kind of stuff" refers to the battle he's had to get his long-cherished WWII epic before the cameras. Turned down by every major studio, he's been forced to finance and publicise the film himself. Now he says, barring possible future Indiana Jones films, that he's withdrawing from blockbusters, and that any future projects will be small, experimental, "esoteric and screened mostly in art-houses."

Lucas also says he's weary of constant criticisms of his tinkering with the Star Wars saga, making the point that he chose a path of independence, but has ended up trading studio interference for fanboy hectoring. "On the internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made changes are completely changing the movie,” he says. “Fine. But my movie, with my name on it, that says I did it, needs to be the way I want it.  Why would I make any more [Star Wars movies] when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”

Recent comments by Rick McCallum however, do suggest that Star Wars has a future in some form, and we'd have thought Lucas would at least be pulling some of those strings...

"Now that he’s demonstrated his commercial moviemaking abilities, it's time to show his other side," says Francis Ford Coppola of his friend's retreat from the limelight. Do you agree? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.

Red Tails, actually directed by Anthony Hemingway, is out in the States on January 20. Lucas' equivalent of Institute Benjamenta is, we guess, in development...


Is it time for George Lucas to retire?
Yes, as long as 'retire' means 'make smaller films'.
Yes, enough already!
No, he's still got loads to contribute!
No, but he should leave Star Wars behind.
Mesa don't care, betcha betcha.
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RE: Sssshhhhh....
L: Ciaran McNulty Shut up, everybody. eed.   None of the Star Wars prequels is nearly as bad as Peter Jackson's King Kong. More

Posted by Jasper_29 at 22:31 on 20 January 2012 | Report This Post

Sssshhhhh....
Shut up, everybody. More

Posted by Ciaran McNulty at 17:58 on 20 January 2012 | Report This Post

Got the awful prequels to go in 3D!!!! And It's going to be amazing... Actors sitting down in rooms talking to each other... in 3D!!!! More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 15:20 on 20 January 2012 | Report This Post

Got the awful prequels to go in 3D!!!! And It's going to be amazing... Actors sitting down in rooms talking to each other... in 3D!!!! More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 15:14 on 20 January 2012 | Report This Post

Got the awful prequels to go in 3D!!!! And It's going to be amazing... Actors sitting down in rooms talking to each other... in 3D!!!! More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 15:12 on 20 January 2012 | Report This Post

Last cash-in before his "retirement"
Got the awful prequels to go in 3D!!!! And It's going to be amazing... Actors sitting down in rooms talking to each other... in 3D!!!! More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 15:11 on 20 January 2012 | Report This Post

Last cash-in before his "retirement"
Got the awful prequels to go in 3D!!!! And It's going to be amazing... Actors sitting down in rooms talking to each other... in 3D!!!! More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 15:10 on 20 January 2012 | Report This Post

Last cash-in before his "retirement"
Got the awful prequels to go in 3D!!!! And It's going to be amazing... Actors sitting down in rooms talking to each other... in 3D!!!! More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 15:10 on 20 January 2012 | Report This Post

Last cash-in before his "retirement"
Got the awful prequels to go in 3D!!!! And It's going to be amazing... Actors sitting down in rooms talking to each other... in 3D!!!! More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 15:10 on 20 January 2012 | Report This Post

"Says Red Tails is his final blockbuster" Well, thats being a little optimistic isn't it? Back in 1986 I can remember him claiming that Howard the Duck was going to be one of the greatest comic book adaptations as well........ More

Posted by shitneck at 17:13 on 19 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Goodbye
if 'radioland murders' had been a success in '93 he would done this sooner and not done the prequels, just as cameron went back to 'terminator' after 'the abyss'. More

Posted by spark1 at 13:47 on 19 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: These retirement plans come way too late...
he's not really retiring, just going to make smaller, cheaper movies like 'red tails'. return to his 70s roots? More

Posted by spark1 at 11:38 on 19 January 2012 | Report This Post

These retirement plans come way too late...
STAR WARS is ruined. Forever. And it can never be un-ruined... :-((( More

Posted by kielerkai at 06:58 on 19 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: George Lucas To Retire?
In my mind, Lucas retired in 1977. More

Posted by odddaze at 01:52 on 19 January 2012 | Report This Post

Oh George...
Retire already! We are sick of you ruining your own movies! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AAvAnI9Bwg More

Posted by Jackson Five at 20:25 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Oh George...
Please retire already! We are sick of you ruining your own movies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AAvAnI9Bwg More

Posted by Jackson Five at 20:24 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Oh George...
Please retire already! We are sick of you ruining your own movies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AAvAnI9Bwg More

Posted by Jackson Five at 20:24 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: George Lucas To Retire?
Mesa so sad... More

Posted by a_man_and_his_monkey at 19:44 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Not much will change, he's practically retired already. More

Posted by Whistler at 18:27 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

THX 118 ?
THX 118 is a masterpiece, american grafitti is class for what it is and Star Wars speaks for itself, yes that was a long time ago and I have serious reservations to the man's remaining skills, I would still be interested to see if he can reinvent himself and pull it out of the bag. the advantage of being as rich as god is that he could make an indie film a year and still not leave a scratch on the piggie bank. More

Posted by hi charlie at 18:23 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

THX 118 ?
THX 118 is a masterpiece, american grafitti is class for what it is and Star Wars speaks for itself, yes that was a long time ago and I have serious reservations to the man's remaining skills, I would still be interested to see if he can reinvent himself and pull it out of the bag. the advantage of being as rich as god is that he could make an indie film a year and still not leave a scratch on the piggie bank. More

Posted by hi charlie at 18:23 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

THX 118 ?
THX 118 is a masterpiece, american grafitti is class for what it is and Star Wars speaks for itself, yes that was a long time ago and I have serious reservations to the man's remaining skills, I would still be interested to see if he can reinvent himself and pull it out of the bag. the advantage of being as rich as god is that he could make an indie film a year and still not leave a scratch on the piggie bank. More

Posted by hi charlie at 18:23 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

THX 118 ?
THX 118 is a masterpiece, american grafitti is class for what it is and Star Wars speaks for itself, yes that was a long time ago and I have serious reservations to the man's remaining skills, I would still be interested to see if he can reinvent himself and pull it out of the bag. the advantage of being as rich as god is that he could make an indie film a year and still not leave a scratch on the piggie bank. More

Posted by hi charlie at 18:23 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

THX 118 ?
THX 118 is a masterpiece, american grafitti is class for what it is and Star Wars speaks for itself, yes that was a long time ago and I have serious reservations to the man's remaining skills, I would still be interested to see if he can reinvent himself and pull it out of the bag. the advantage of being as rich as god is that he could make an indie film a year and still not leave a scratch on the piggie bank. More

Posted by hi charlie at 18:23 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

THX 118 ?
THX 118 is a masterpiece, american grafitti is class for what it is and Star Wars speaks for itself, yes that was a long time ago and I have serious reservations to the man's remaining skills, I would still be interested to see if he can reinvent himself and pull it out of the bag. the advantage of being as rich as god is that he could make an indie film a year and still not leave a scratch on the piggie bank. More

Posted by hi charlie at 18:23 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

THX 118 ?
THX 118 is a masterpiece, american grafitti is class for what it is and Star Wars speaks for itself, yes that was a long time ago and I have serious reservations to the man's remaining skills, I would still be interested to see if he can reinvent himself and pull it out of the bag. the advantage of being as rich as god is that he could make an indie film a year and still not leave a scratch on the piggie bank. More

Posted by hi charlie at 18:23 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

THX 118 is a masterpiece, american grafitti is class for what it is and Star Wars speaks for itself, yes that was a long time ago and I have serious reservations to the man's remaining skills, I would still be interested to see if he can reinvent himself and pull it out of the bag. the advantage of being as rich as god is that he could make an indie film a year and still not leave a scratch on the piggie bank. More

Posted by hi charlie at 18:22 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Goodbye
I dont lament this news. I dislike Lucas as a writer, director, etc. but Lucas should be regarded as an innovator of SFX for movies. ILM has developed some great SFX techniques since it's conception and provided employment to some of the greats in movie history such as John Lasseter More

Posted by bnicholson50 at 17:41 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
L: shitneck The guy made two classic's (SW, TESB) and four inferior sequel/prequels (read the reviews) yet the world of entertainment treat him like the next coming. The only reason the last four made money was because the fans wanted to see the outcome and how that annoying little twat became vader. Please remember this is the same director who gave us howard the duck......... ood point. And he didn't even direct The Empire Strikes Back anyway (Irvin Kershner directed it)! Only Star More

Posted by fiercehairdo at 17:25 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

no georgefest!
if theres more than a 10 page tribute to this git cause hes putting his feet up , it,ll stay on the shelf ! More

Posted by the real quint at 17:14 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

GOOD
bout time he cleared off , after giving us cack star wars prequels and then fucking up the indy franchise . good riddance mr wippy head More

Posted by the real quint at 17:06 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

The guy made two classic's (SW, TESB) and four inferior sequel/prequels (read the reviews) yet the world of entertainment treat him like the next coming. The only reason the last four made money was because the fans wanted to see the outcome and how that annoying little twat became vader. Please remember this is the same director who gave us howard the duck......... More

Posted by shitneck at 16:58 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

The guy made two classic's (SW, TESB) and four inferior sequel/prequels (read the reviews) yet the world of entertainment treat him like the next coming. The only reason the last four made money was because the fans wanted to see the outcome and how that annoying little twat became vader. Please remember this is the same director who gave us howard the duck......... More

Posted by shitneck at 16:58 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Well, thanks for the original trilogy, but no thanks for the post original trilogy work. More

Posted by Coyleone at 16:14 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

I've said it before...
...and I'll say it again regards potential SW TV show. Put up the money, guest direct a few episodes by all means, but let people like Joss Whedon, Tim Minear, Drew Goddard, Ronald Moore, David Benioff etc. write / direct it. That way, George, you can be safe your incredible universe of character and ideas will be done justice, restore some of the love and adoration people have in your films and you can continue to rake it in and fund smaller, independent projects that are close to your heart. I More

Posted by MusicLovesYou at 16:08 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Retired from films....
My guess he's going to focus on( and perhaps direct the odd episode of )the Star Wars TV show,at the pilot/first episode. More

Posted by danbo1138 at 16:07 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Retired from films....
My guess he's going to focus on( and perhaps direct the odd episode of )the Star Wars TV show,at the pilot/first episode. More

Posted by danbo1138 at 16:03 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

ADVANCES IN SOUND, SPECIAL EFFECTS, ANIMATION,AND EXHIBITION.
We all owe George Lucas for the improvement of cinema. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 15:12 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

ADVANCES IN SOUND, SPECIAL EFFECTS, ANIMATION,AND EXHIBITION.
We all owe George Lucas for the improvement of cinema. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 15:12 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: A long time ago in a studio far far away
No surprise about Star Wars really I couldn't see him make another one anyway. Would like to see someone else do a new trilogy of Star Wars films 7, 8 and 9 but I would very much doubt Lucas letting anyone else do it. More

Posted by jediwarrior at 14:57 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

A long time ago in a studio far far away
It was a combination of the awful experience Lucas had of working with the English crew on Star Wars and the once-in-a-lifetime luck of getting rich from all the merchandising rights that stopped him from going on to direct other great movies. By the time he got back to directing 22 years later with The Phantom Menace, he'd lost his edge. 13 years on from Phantom Menace, that's even more true. What's left for him to do anyway? He's done it all. Good luck with whatever you choose to do in the fut More

Posted by BenTramer at 14:16 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

A long time ago, in a studio far far away...
It was a combination of the awful experience Lucas had of working with the English crew on Star Wars and the once-in-a-lifetime luck of getting rich from all the merchandising rights that stopped him from going on to direct other great movies. By the time he got back to directing 22 years later with The Phantom Menace, he'd lost his edge. 13 years on from Phantom Menace, that's even more true. What's left for him to do anyway? He's done it all. Good luck with whatever you choose to do in the fut More

Posted by BenTramer at 14:15 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

A long time ago, in a studio far far away...
It was a combination of the awful experience Lucas had of working with the English crew on Star Wars and the once-in-a-lifetime luck of getting rich from all the merchandising rights that stopped him from going on to direct other great movies. By the time he got back to directing 22 years later with The Phantom Menace, he'd lost his edge. 13 years on from Phantom Menace, that's even more true. What's left for him to do anyway? He's done it all. Good luck with whatever you choose to do in the fut More

Posted by BenTramer at 14:15 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Once upon a time...
George Lucas was responsible for American Graffiti. That is legacy enough, his subsequent toy-making business is neither here nor there... Although, his valuable participation in the "media mogul's with tidy beards" campaign is going from strength to strength. More

Posted by DBelford at 13:56 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
I wonder whether all those who harp on (and on and on) about how awful a film maker Lucas is have ever seen American Graffitti or THX 1138? They are stunning films in their own right that sadly only hint at the man's vision. He's possibly the most successful independent film maker in the world. As far as I'm concerned if his business decided to make money from a successful franchise that he produced with his own money, utilising his own companies in order to self finance more projects th More

Posted by Gazdance at 13:39 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
L: Kayotik It really was! But that was more down to how much Lucas /b] involved ote] So my favourite Lucas film was one he wasnt involved with? My-lordy. More

Posted by DARKO_DONNIE_DONUT at 13:39 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
Thanks for what you originally gave us George & thanks for seeing sense & retireing now fingers crossed for Indy 5! More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:17 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
It really was! But that was more down to how much Lucas /b] involved  More

Posted by Kayotik at 12:59 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
L: Kayotik L: Jasper_29 Lucas, thanks for the good work. That one movie you made 35 years ago, the one with the funny green Muppet, was quite interesting. Bye. f you're meaning Empire Strikes Back, he didn't write or direct it. sp; It was a good movie though!!  More

Posted by Jasper_29 at 12:51 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
L: DarthMaxxx I'll retract that last bit, I truly feel with my knowledge of Star Wars I've let my self down.... I regretted it the second I clicked 'OK', but in fairness I'm trying to hold this discussion while running back and forth from my desk.... get where you're coming from. I loved the original trilogy and ILM has produced some truly incredible special effects over the years. George Lucas on the other hand, is a poor writer and a poor director in my personal opinion, an More

Posted by Kayotik at 12:46 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
Is his beard retiring too? That'd be a shame....... More

Posted by lukeyboy at 12:39 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
I'll retract that last bit, I truly feel with my knowledge of Star Wars I've let my self down.... I regretted it the second I clicked 'OK', but in fairness I'm trying to hold this discussion while running back and forth from my desk.... More

Posted by DarthMaxxx at 12:35 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
L: Jasper_29 Lucas, thanks for the good work. That one movie you made 35 years ago, the one with the funny green Muppet, was quite interesting. Bye. f you're meaning Empire Strikes Back, he didn't write or direct it. More

Posted by Kayotik at 12:33 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
Lucas, thanks for the good work.   That one movie you made 35 years ago, the one with the funny green Muppet, was quite interesting.   Bye. More

Posted by Jasper_29 at 12:32 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
L: DarthMaxxx Yeah because Gladiator was the most complex of story lines, the old wronged man seeks revenge has never been done before and LOTR was an adaptation of someone else's work.... At least Star Wars is original.... really wish people would do their research before entering into debates. More

Posted by Kayotik at 12:32 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
L: DarthMaxxx Yeah because Gladiator was the most complex of story lines, the old wronged man seeks revenge has never been done before and LOTR was an adaptation of someone else's work.... At least Star Wars is original.... tar Wars was original? Oh dear... More

Posted by Kayotik at 12:31 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Time for pastures new
Worst thing about Crystal Skull: George Lucas script Worst thing about Star Wars prequels: George Lucas script and direction George Lucas made Star Wars what it is today but the best entries in the series in the last twenty years have come from areas outside of his remit (comics, animated series, computer games). Gotta be honest, never really liked him as a filmmaker, he has a low-key aesthetic that really works best on his indie flicks. He should go back to that and hand the franchises to n More

Posted by lsdbaby at 12:27 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
L: DarthMaxxx Yeah because Gladiator was the most complex of story lines, the old wronged man seeks revenge has never been done before and LOTR was an adaptation of someone else's work.... t Star Wars is original....ote] Funniest quote ever. py07.gif]py07.gif]py07.gif] More

Posted by Spaldron at 12:27 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Time for pastures new
Worst thing about Crystal Skull: George Lucas script Worst thing about Star Wars prequels: George Lucas script and direction George Lucas made Star Wars what it is today but the best entries in the series in the last twenty years have come from areas outside of his remit (comics, animated series, computer games). Gotta be honest, never really liked him as a filmmaker, he has a low-key aesthetic that really works best on his indie flicks. He should go back to that and hand the franchises to n More

Posted by lsdbaby at 12:27 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
I don't seem to remember George taking my cash directly from my pocket, maybe I'm the only one or missing something? It was my choice to go out and buy whatever re-iterations he's has of the Star Wars trilogy, I personally don't mind spending a few quid every few years to see what genius he's churned out this time, I've never been led to buy them and if fools are going to buy them then complain about spending who's the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows.... And as for being More

Posted by DarthMaxxx at 12:24 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
Yeah because Gladiator was the most complex of story lines, the old wronged man seeks revenge has never been done before and LOTR was an adaptation of someone else's work.... At least Star Wars is original.... More

Posted by DarthMaxxx at 12:16 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Art House Movies?! Cool!
Might we get another THX1138? That would be tekkers! More

Posted by Nicky C at 12:03 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Star Wars
But most Star Wars fanboys hate Lucas? More

Posted by Kayotik at 11:59 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Star Wars
Listen.....do you hear that? That's the sound of a million fanboys crying over their jugs of blue milk. More

Posted by Spaldron at 11:56 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

erm...
how many decent films has the bloke actually made 2? 3? More

Posted by bigmeuprudeboy1 at 11:54 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Star Wars
George Lucas is one of the biggest creative minds of our century. People should let him create new and exciting things! I think that he will personally succeed even if everyone dislikes it.... This is a personal matter. The Star Wars saga issue is just a matter of business in order to secure the copyrights for the next 200 years ahead.... Mickey Mouse did so many changes for the same reason a long the time and no one complained....BTW Mickey Mouse is boring and does know anymore how to tell a More

Posted by THEREALDARTHVADER at 11:49 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

George Lucas is one of the biggest creative minds of our century. People should let him create new and exciting things! I think that he will personally succeed even if everyone dislikes it.... This is a personal matter. The Star Wars saga issue is just a matter of business in order to secure the copyrights for the next 200 years ahead.... Mickey Mouse did so many changes for the same reason a long the time and no one complained....BTW Mickey Mouse is boring and does know anymore how to tell a More

Posted by THEREALDARTHVADER at 11:49 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

George Lucas is one of the biggest creative minds of our century. People should let him create new and exciting things! I think that he will personally succeed even if everyone dislikes it.... This is a personal matter. The Star Wars saga issue is just a matter of business in order to secure the copyrights for the next 200 years ahead.... Mickey Mouse did so many changes for the same reason a long the time and no one complained....BTW Mickey Mouse is boring and does know anymore how to tell a More

Posted by THEREALDARTHVADER at 11:48 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
L: DarthMaxxx impressed by pretty effectseah that's right, easily impressed by state of the art effects.... They re-create Rome in a CGI laden Gladiator or create new worlds in LOTR and The Matrix, but the minute Lucas touches something, the man who happens to be at the forefront of cutting edge special effects, keyboard warriors love to flex their intellectual muscle and bash him cause he's accused of 'raping their childhoods'.... And as far as mindless action goes, these films a More

Posted by Kayotik at 11:25 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
L: DarthMaxxx You don't like it don't watch it! All these armchair critics and Star Wars bashers can do one! Personally I enjoy the changes, it refreshes the trilogy every so often, and not that I really need one, it gives me another reason to watch it and get excited about it. Lucas isn't just about the story telling, he's always pushing boundaries in the field of FX and sound, and these additions to the trilogies that I enjoy just as much as the stories. The visual aspect of it is More

Posted by JIm R at 11:18 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
impressed by pretty effectseah that's right, easily impressed by state of the art effects.... They re-create Rome in a CGI laden Gladiator or create new worlds in LOTR and The Matrix, but the minute Lucas touches something, the man who happens to be at the forefront of cutting edge special effects, keyboard warriors love to flex their intellectual muscle and bash him cause he's accused of 'raping their childhoods'.... And as far as mindless action goes, these films are fairy tale storie More

Posted by DarthMaxxx at 11:16 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Old Turkey Neck
Not too dissapointed in this although I have some mixed feelings. The last Indiana Jones was awful because of his story. Although as we all know the most recent additions to the Star Wars series were complete gash. I have to admit though I still get a tingley feeling in my balls when I see them, probably more a of a visual/cinematic thing more than anything.But, I suppose thats the first thing what draws you to films as a kid and thats why they are held in such high regard in later years (well i More

Posted by femalebodyinspector at 11:13 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
no one wants to fund Red Tails becuase it's an 'issues' movie with Cuba Gooding Jr in the lead role - Cuba Gooding Jr playing a military character - have you seen Men Of Honour and Pearl Harbour? How about Rat Race, Boat Trip, Norbit or Daddy Day Care? Cuba. Gooding. Jr. Show. Me. The. Talent. And as to your defence of Lucas as a technical pioneer - I'm sure a lot of people would agree that the more he's focussed on digital technology, the worse his use of technology has got. The miniatu More

Posted by Dr Science at 11:07 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Old Turkey Neck
Not too dissapointed in this although I have some mixed feelings. The last Indiana Jones was awful because of his story. Although as we all know the most recent additions to the Star Wars series were complete gash. I have to admit though I still get a tingley feeling in my balls when I see them, probably more a of a visual/cinematic thing more than anything.But, I suppose thats the first thing what draws you to films as a kid and thats why they are held in such high regard in later years (well i More

Posted by femalebodyinspector at 11:04 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fanboys can suck my balls....
"You don't like it don't watch it!" That's the problem, we did like it. But it's nice you're easily impressed by pretty effects and mindless action. More

Posted by Kayotik at 10:59 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Fanboys can suck my balls....
You don't like it don't watch it! All these armchair critics and Star Wars bashers can do one! Personally I enjoy the changes, it refreshes the trilogy every so often, and not that I really need one, it gives me another reason to watch it and get excited about it. Lucas isn't just about the story telling, he's always pushing boundaries in the field of FX and sound, and these additions to the trilogies that I enjoy just as much as the stories. The visual aspect of it is huge. And as far a More

Posted by DarthMaxxx at 10:40 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: A NEW HOPE
He complains that it's his movies to do with as he pleases and make into how he needs them to be? If he was allowed to make the original Star Wars into the movie he wanted it, it would have been a massive flop and he'd never have a career. He wanted C3PO to sound like a sleazy, used car salesman. He wanted Luke to have a robot head. He wanted Han Solo to be a weird frog alien. Luckily there were producers and colleagues who could say "No George, that's fucking stupid." Sadly More

Posted by Kayotik at 10:38 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

PETULANT CHILD!
George Lucas's 'rant' that the STAR WARS saga are his movies and he is allowed to have them any way he wants them makes him sound like a petulant child. Lucas needs to remember that when u offer something creative up for public consumption, the audience also has rights to the content as well. After all, the movies wouldnt be the success they are without the massive audience it found. Its wrong to say STAR WARS is his coz it means alot to everybody. It belongs to all of us. So, when he constantly More

Posted by willy2fly at 10:35 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

A NEW HOPE
A new hope for him if he plans to retire, as hell probably take another 25 years to do that aswell. i to feel abit annoyed at the fact he keeps tinkering with the starwars movies when frankly he didnt need to. in any case i think he cant let go of the saga cos thats all his got in some cases. as theres nothing else you can really do with Indie. Speaking of Indie WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO BRING US THE TRILOGY ON BLU-RAY More

Posted by DeadCell79 at 10:30 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

wait a minute
does that mean they are finally going to slaughter the cash cow that is $tar war$? thank *%@# for that. This businessman has pissed all over a trilogy to squeeze as much money as possible out of the obsessive types and to mask the fact that he's obviously a hack. that is all More

Posted by 7eke at 10:12 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

let it be true.
"Great man". Ask my bollocks Empire. Director of ONE great movie. Count em: ONE!!! Ruiner of an amazing saga and huge damage done to another great trilogy. He can't fuck off quick enough as far as I'm concerned. More

Posted by sephiroth7 at 10:04 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Fanboys are right (sort of)
As a huge Star Wars fan I have to say that George Lucas' 'tinkering' of the films has made me dilike him rather a lot. At the end of the day though, what he has done is tried (and sadly failed), to link up episodes one, two, and three with four, five, and six. If this had been filmed with all the same actors within a harry potter esque continuation, then it probably would have worked. We all spent a good 25 years with the original films to get to know and love them, so changing a film after More

Posted by lazy_dave at 10:04 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

I don't think he looks very well in that pic. What's goin on with his neck? More

Posted by jamesjewell1983 at 10:01 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Fanboys have a point
Fair enough Lucas, tinker with your own films as much as you like, but you didn't direct Empire or Return of the Jedi so don't really have a right to mess about with those movies. More

Posted by GAmbrose at 10:00 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

There's something that George isn't considering.
Maybe the 'fanboys' are right! Anyway, he's been saying he wants to make small, experimental, esoteric films for decades now, and still nothing. Now that Star Wars has turned into Star Trek, what with all these movies and TV shows, I doubt he'll ever walk away. More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 09:59 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

but the fanboys are right George
how dare his audience voice their negative views of the terrible decisions he's made? More

Posted by Dr Science at 09:54 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post

Fanboys
Firstly I think it's a shame that constant moaning about Lucas' tinkering has made him think like this...I've always shied away from commenting about his changes because, at the end of the day, it's Star Wars. He gave it to us and, while I know the six films are not perfect, I'm glad I had Star Wars to grow up to. Indiana Jones though; is there really anything left to do with that character? Just give me Raiders on BluRay!! But if he does retire, thanks for all of it George Lucas. More

Posted by echofalls at 09:46 on 18 January 2012 | Report This Post


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