Jan. 19th, 2012

lazypadawan: (papageorge)
The NYT published an attention-grabbing interview with GL a couple of days ago, focusing mostly on “Red Tails” but also mentioning that this is Lucas’s last “mainstream” movie and he is “retiring” to focus on smaller and obscure fare.

Now if you’ve read most of Lucas’s interviews over the past 10 years or so, he’s been saying something along these lines for a long time. It’s nothing new. The climb over the hill has taken longer than expected, whether it’s the arduous process of getting “Red Tails” financed and released or getting Clone Wars off the ground. I think there are still things about the GFFA he loves and still wants to tell stories from that universe. I doubt he will ever be completely separated from it and I think ultimately, those charged to play in the sandbox will always need his input because he created that world. He still wants to do an Indy V, but that is iffy. There's the live action Star Wars show, even if that seems iffy as well. Maybe he'll get around to making his "Eraserhead," maybe he won't.

What grabbed the headlines though is the alleged reason why Lucas is backing away from the kind of movies that made him wealthy and famous. You guessed it, it was Darth Fanboy:

“’Why would I make any more,” Lucas says of the “Star Wars” movies, “when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?’”

Why indeed? Now if you’ve read most of Lucas’s interviews over the past several years or so, he’s been saying up and down, left and right there will be no more Star Wars films. It’s nothing new. But this IS the first time he’s openly admitted that Darth Fanboy has gotten to him. I don’t blame him. Like the NYT article says, instead of the studios telling Lucas how to make a movie, it’s the Star Wars version of Annie Wilkes telling him how to make a movie. Instead of chaining him to a bed and crippling him, the hateboys (credit A Certain Point Of View for that one) instead swarm onto the internet like French Revolutionary mobs and fill every comment section, message board, and social media site with heaps of hatred and scorn. They freak out if he makes any changes to the first set of movies but they feel free to come up with their own edits and pat each other on the back for them. As I posted on the Star Wars Facebook page—talk about a hive of scum and villainy—not even a proctologist has seen this many a-holes in one place.

The reactions are what you’d expect. One site derided Lucas for being petulant, never mind the several years’ worth of petulance from overgrown boys (and a few girls) who think they’re owed something and want to ruin fandom for everyone else. Maybe Lucas shouldn’t have put it the way he did, because it just tells the hateboys, “Okay man, you win. I’m done.” In fact, many of them are doing a St. Vitus Dance of victory, thrilled they’ve chased Lucas from the kingdom and now somebody else to their liking can run it and of course, let them put in their wise two cents. (Please let me know if Christopher Nolan or Peter Jackson have ever made a movie via inbox suggestions.) Somebody who will make Episodes 7, 8, and 9, a trilogy of geeky awesomeness that will totally negate everything from ROTJ through Clone Wars. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Except that’s not going to happen either. Lucas isn’t making any more Star Wars films and neither will anyone else. If he’s smart he will tell his kids at least 3 times a week do NOT let anyone get their hairy paws on Star Wars for as long as the movies are still covered by copyright.

Come to think of it, George, don't retire. I'd make Eps 7-9 those wacky little movies of your dreams, a galactic "Un chien andalou." Bwahahahaha...

Update: In the meantime, here's an interview with Rick McCallum:


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