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    George Lucas' current plans to retire, reiterated this week in the wake of Disney taking over Lucasfilm, seem just the same as his last plans to retire. That is, he's not planning to retire at all, he just wants to stop making Star Wars movies.

    Appearing at a gala event this last Friday night, and quoted by the AP, Lucas said that he is planning to make more films, just that they'll be "small" ones. Small enough that he expects that it will be hard to find mainstream distribution for them:
    I barely gotRed Tailsinto the theaters. The ones I?m working on now will never get into the theaters.
    An obvious comparison would be the recent films of Francis Ford Coppola, self-initiated works that were put together pretty much off-grid and played in limited cinemas, at best. Youth Without Youth and Twixt are experimental in ways that suggest Coppola was feeling utterly free of commercial constraints - or, to put it another way, if these films didn't have to appeal to audiences, he didn't have to care about anybody but himself in making them.

    I'd like to see Lucas make something as good as American Graffiti again, but I'm not sure that's the direction he's swimming in. Declaring so clearly that these films are going to resist easy marketing, even market placement, I think Lucas has his sights set on something quite offbeat indeed.

    Now let's see when he actually gets a picture together - and how many Disney Star Wars pictures we'll have seen in the meantime.
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    Will Lucas any say in the new film(s)? I didn't bother to watch the announcement. Should he?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amergin View Post
    Will Lucas any say in the new film(s)? I didn't bother to watch the announcement. Should he?
    Yes. He'll be a creative consultant.

    And to answer your other question - no, he should not be allowed to ever touch any Star Wars movie ever again
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    Good for him. He doesn't NEED to make marketable films any more, and if Star Wars hadn't been such a hit, his career path would probably have followed an entirely different trajectory.

    Here's hoping the same maverick filmmaker who gave us THX 1138 is able to go back to pushing himself and his art.

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    I would definitely watch a non-Star Wars Lucas film.
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    He needs to get in touch with American Graffiti / THX-1138 George....THAT is the George who made Star Wars possible and could do anything if he just let go of all the bad habits Star Wars got him into

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammerstein View Post
    He needs to get in touch with American Graffiti / THX-1138 George....THAT is the George who made Star Wars possible and could do anything if he just let go of all the bad habits Star Wars got him into
    I could really do without "THX-1138 George". Granted, he's adult enough now to recognize that what he thought in art school would be an insightful and profound look at human nature... isn't. But I'm not sure that "profound" is one of is strengths. He's much better at "fun".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason A. Quest View Post
    I could really do without "THX-1138 George". Granted, he's adult enough now to recognize that what he thought in art school would be an insightful and profound look at human nature... isn't. But I'm not sure that "profound" is one of is strengths. He's much better at "fun".
    Oh, come on now...to be fair, THX 1138 was a lot more thought-provoking in its day than it is now; it hasn't aged as well as other "out there" sci-fi flicks of the era, sure, but it was a lot more groundbreaking and mindblowing for those who saw it in the early '70s than it is for the average modern viewer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason A. Quest View Post
    I could really do without "THX-1138 George". Granted, he's adult enough now to recognize that what he thought in art school would be an insightful and profound look at human nature... isn't. But I'm not sure that "profound" is one of is strengths. He's much better at "fun".
    bah, rubbish...THX-1138 is twice as much fun as Phantom Menace...that's all anyone with a shred of taste needs to know

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammerstein View Post
    bah, rubbish...THX-1138 is twice as much fun as Phantom Menace...that's all anyone with a shred of taste needs to know
    But Hammerstein, what isn't twice as much fun as Phantom Menace? Venereal warts? An internship at Goldman Sachs? A dose of the bubonic plague?
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