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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Anonymous Coward says:

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.

art guerrilla (profile) says:

Re: 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

That Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

Re: Re:

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.

jupiterkansas (profile) says:

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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