Apparently, all the bitching we do about the prequels and the changes George Lucas made to the original Star Wars films actually hits home. He’s retiring from blockbusters and vows to never make another Star Wars movie because fanboys have scared him off.
Speaking with the New York Times, Lucas claims that he’s retiring from blockbusters with the release of Red Tails to focus on small “personal” films.
“I’m retiring,” Lucas said. “I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.”
Of course, he went on to say that he isn’t ruling out a 5th Indiana Jones movie if it ever does move forward. So the notion that he’s retiring may be a little premature.
As for Star Wars, Lucas commented on the widespread criticism he received over the years regarding the numerous revisions he made to the original trilogy—a wound that was re-opened recently with the release of the Blu-ray boxed set.
“On the Internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made a change are completely changing the movie,” Lucas says, referring to fans who, like the dreaded studios, have done their own forcible re-edits. “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.’ ”
As for the possibility of another Star Wars movie, Lucas had this to say:
“Why would I make any more when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”
Indeed, George has feelings under all of that hair and flannel. So, are you proud of this achievement or do you feel bad about it? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook/Twitter.
(via The New York Times)