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Lucas Retires: Smaller Films on the Way

Friday, January 20th, 2012 by

According to an interview with George Lucas by the New York Times, the venerated and often scrutinized director and head of Lucas Film has decided that his latest film will be his last blockbuster.

“I’m retiring,” Lucas said. “I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.”

Red Tails is a bold film in and of itself, though through many interviews it seems Lucas doesn’t think so.  Rather, the necessity of the film seems to be Lucas’s focus and anything else surrounding the film must go by the wayside.  For those die hard Lucas fans there is still a light at the end of the tunnel in his desire to return to his roots of filmmaking.

According to the Times Lucas is looking to go back to the art house films where he got his start before the Star Wars saga took the world by storm.  Specifically, though, it can only be said that Lucas will be making the movies that he wants to make:  a desire that is almost frowned upon when living in the profit-driven Hollywood film industry.

Around the world we’re sure that there will be mixed emotions surrounding Lucas’ retirement, but the way in which he is retiring should shed some light on the inherent advantages that independent film offer those who are truly passionate about the process and result in lieu of the pay off.  It is clear that, like so many great directors before him, George Lucas simply loves his craft: nothing more, nothing less.

We look forward to seeing Lucas return to his roots and the unique visions in film he has to offer.  Viva la indie!

Read the full interview with George Lucas at the New York Times.

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