George Lucas: Still Planning To Make Films, But They Won't Be Shown In Theaters

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Back in 2006, we wrote about George Lucas claiming that the $200 million feature film was dead and that he was going to focus on making much cheaper videos for TV or online. That's not entirely what's happened in the interim, but it appears that he may be more serious about focusing on such things now that he's handed over Lucasfilm to Disney. In an interview about what he's working on next, he said that he's still going to make films, but he doesn't expect that they'll be for theater viewing:
His last film was this year's "Red Tails," which told the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a legendary black flight unit formed in 1941 that debunked widely held beliefs that black pilots were incapable of fighting in combat. While he described that film as a labor of love, he said, "I'm going to go further out than that. I barely got 'Red Tails' into the theaters. The ones I'm working on now will never get into the theaters."
That could mean a lot of different things, but it would be cool to see someone like Lucas really embrace the internet...


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    Ed C., Nov 5th, 2012 @ 3:14pm

    Since the boxoffice has been taken over by clones, the old master might as well give up and go into retirement. I've heard that Dagobah has some nice waterfront properties.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2012 @ 3:29pm

    Well he has four billion reasons to make cheaper stuff now.

    "His last film was this year's "Red Tails," which told the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a legendary black flight unit formed in 1941 that debunked widely held beliefs that black pilots were incapable of fighting in combat. While he described that film as a labor of love,"

    Well too little to late there, movies and documentary's were made that were a whole lot better and cheaper than Red Tails. He and that movie did little to shine any light on those brave people.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2012 @ 3:53pm

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    "Red Tails" barely made it to theaters because it was poorly made and had to be completely rewritten and reshot. That's his own fault.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2012 @ 4:08pm

    So Disney is going to transform Star Wars into their usual shitty direct-to-video sequels while George is going to make shitty direct-to-video films himself?

     

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    Michael Long (profile), Nov 5th, 2012 @ 4:11pm

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    Red Tails was typical Lucas: Wooden characters, plodding lot line, and lots and lots of loving CGI work on the fighter sequences...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2012 @ 4:34pm

    The ones I'm working on now will never get into the theaters


    Hopefully he'll use his billions on time traveling and apply this plan to the Star Wars prequels.

     

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    gorehound (profile), Nov 5th, 2012 @ 4:36pm

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    And Hoth has great potential for Ski Resorts.

     

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    ebilrawkscientist (profile), Nov 5th, 2012 @ 5:41pm

    OMGHERD Lucas!

    Tuskegee Airmen, really; or was that a veiled reference to Tusken Raiders? Similarities, no? Airmen may have been good smugglers, but now they're Bantha fodder!

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Nov 5th, 2012 @ 6:17pm

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    I was pondering this sort of thing, and I was left wondering if he had indeed surrendered all of the SW properties to the mouse.
    See because a smart Disney exec would be rushing to get the unLucasified Star Wars Trilogy into stores for Christmas.
    And there is this little embarrassing thing that the fans have been demanding for years - The Star Wars Christmas Special.
    The House of Mouse could make a killing and earn enough good will that the fans would gladly plunk down the cash to see the next 2 of the 3 planned movies.

     

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    Cosmicrat, Nov 5th, 2012 @ 7:02pm

    Red Tails was decent

    Everyone hates on that film. I kind of liked it. Sure it was cartoonish, but that throwback to an earlier more corny style of storytelling has always been one of Lucas' hallmarks. It is by no means a great movie, but a good B movie.

    To those of you who hated "Red Tails": what would you consider a good movie?

     

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    IronM@sk, Nov 5th, 2012 @ 7:25pm

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    Since the boxoffice has been taken over by clones

    I see what you did there.

     

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    Indie films, Nov 5th, 2012 @ 8:37pm

    I just had a vision of George Lucas and Joss Whedon teaming up to make an epic scifi internet genre bending extravaganza thing.

    But in all seriousness, even if that doesn't happen it's great that Lucas is exploring different options. Hopefully others will follow his example, he's no stranger to blazing new trails in the film world.

     

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    Ed C., Nov 5th, 2012 @ 9:17pm

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    The farce is strong in this one, it is. :P

     

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    DogBreath, Nov 5th, 2012 @ 10:09pm

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    And there is this little embarrassing thing that the fans have been demanding for years - The Star Wars Christmas Special.

    Don't forget to include "Return of the Ewok", so "the circle will be complete".

    So Disney is going to take over Star Wars, what could possibly go wrong?

    Well... I suspect it could go down like this.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Nov 6th, 2012 @ 12:04am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Meesa gonna get-ya! Messa gonna make-ya watch meesa all the time!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 6th, 2012 @ 3:37am

    "What do you call a black guy flying a plane?"

    "I don't know. What?"

    "A pilot, you racist!"

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Nov 6th, 2012 @ 6:26am

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    But but... I hate sand! It's coarse and it gets into everything unlike you, Padme!

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Nov 6th, 2012 @ 8:08am

    Lucas is an old fan of experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage and has threatened for years - decades in fact - to retreat into his corner and go make weird little experimental movies like when he did THX-1138.

    Instead, he retreated into his corner and created nothing but slick, commercial product for 40 years.

    Personally, I'd be very excited to see those experimental films, but I'm not holding my breath.

     

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    art guerrilla (profile), Nov 6th, 2012 @ 8:47am

    Re: Re:

    *just* happened to catch this movie the other night, and while it wasn't awful, it wasn't nearly as good as the other Tuskeegee Airmen movie which covered a lot of the same ground (air?)...
    not saying he shouldn't be proud he did a movie about that (but, um, it was *already* done, and done well), but maybe if he paid attention to the actual movie rather than HIS 'pride' of 'doing good', he would have shot a better film...
    just sayin'...
    art guerrilla
    aka ann archy
    eof

     

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    orbitalinsertion (profile), Nov 6th, 2012 @ 9:37am

    Quick, someone hide the internet from Lucas.

     

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    orbitalinsertion (profile), Nov 6th, 2012 @ 9:40am

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    They can keep all sorts of Star Wars copyrights extended forever! Immortality!

     

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    minijedimaster (profile), Nov 6th, 2012 @ 11:23am

    Why can't he just go buy an island and bring food to the poor in Africa like all the other has been sell out retirees do.

     

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