George Lucas says he's retiring from Hollywood blockbusters
It seems George Lucas' latest effort, the self-financed, self-distributed Tuskegee Airmen chronicle Red Tails, was such a frustrating experience that the Star Wars wunderkind, now 67, has decided to call it quits. In terms of big-budget pictures, anyway. Well, and Indiana Jones 5. He's going to do that, too. But after that, nada. Zilch. Zip.
"I'm retiring. I'm moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff," he told the New York Times. Instead, he plans to close out his years making small-scale art films. You know, like a followup to an Indy movie featuring aliens and man-eating ants.
This attitude started mostly because of the reaction to his constant tinkering of his beloved Star Wars saga: "On the Internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made a change are completely changing the movie," he said, noting people making fan edits online to counteract all his constant changes. "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.' ... Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?"
That must explain why he's having the latest cut of all six movies -- in 3-D -- re-released in theaters in February. George has got to eat, you know.
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