George Lucas abandons sci-fi for an animated musical fantasy

Is Star Wars creator George Lucas getting musical?

The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog says that Lucas is in preproduction on an as-yet-untitled top-secret computer-animated film at his Skywalker Ranch in Marin County.

The project marks a rare foray outside the "Star Wars" universe for Lucas who, while not directing a movie since "Revenge of the Sith" in 2005, is putting the finishing touches on "Red Tails," the adventure movie that tells the World War II story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black pilots. Lucas wrote the screenplay for "Tails" and is exec producing.

Kevin Munroe is directing the CGI film, which is expected to feature music from a variety of sources. Munroe hails from the animated world and made his directorial debut in 2007 with the fourth Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, "TMNT."

David Berenbaum (Elf, The Spiderwick Chronicles) wrote the screenplay. The only thing we know about the film is that it deals with, um, fairies.

So, do you approve, or is this yet one more sign that Lucas has taken leave of his senses?

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