George Lucas has been threatening for years to leave his Lucasfilm empire behind and go back to making the kind of independent movies he started his career with. Well, it looks like this time he really means it.
Lucas has said for some time now that once the Star Wars prequels were done, he intended to get back to making smaller, more experimental films—which is the way he began his career decades ago out of USC's film school, with the low-budget sci-fi entry THX-1138.
It's been seven years since Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith came out, and now it seems that ol' George is finally acting on his intentions. In a new interview with Empire magazine, he said he was "moving away" from Lucasfilm and his other concerns:
I'm moving away from the company, I'm moving away from all my businesses, I'm finishing all my obligations and I'm going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies. I've always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theatres.
What is left unmentioned is the fate of several in-development projects: the rumored Star Wars live-action TV series and the fifth Indiana Jones movie. While we reckon that Lucas could leave the TV show in the hands of others at Lucasfilm, it's less certain if Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg would want to move forward on Indy V without their collaborator. Then again, it was Lucas who pushed for the premise of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, so they might just be better off.
Do you think Lucas is really going to retire and make little art films? More importantly, should he, if only to clear his head, get his filmmaking mojo back and perhaps let others bring some fresh ideas to Lucasfilm?