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By The Way, Where is George Lucas' "Red Tails"?

by Sergio
May 13, 2011 12:53 PM
8 Comments
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Last night at dinner with some friends, we somehow got into a conversation about George Lucas and how he keeps whoring out Star Wars for more money, with the six DVD/Blu-ray packages set to come out in September, as well as the converted 3D versions of the films, coming out next year in theaters, starting in February.

But it dawned on me that there hasn't been a single word in ages about his Tuskegee Airmen film, Red Rails, with Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr., which started production in 2009, but was pretty much kept under wraps. Even the people I was with, except for one, had never heard about the film.

Last we heard anything about it, over a year ago in March 2010, was when it was announced that Lucas and his people were unhappy with the film, directed by Anthony Hemingway, and that the film would go through extensive re-writes and re-shoots. On top of that, Lucas himself confirmed that he would be handling the re-writes and re-shoots himself. But since then - nothing. Not even a peep about the project.

Does anyone know?

Though I did hear that Lucas planned to digitally remove Howard from the film, and replace him with Jar-Jar Binks - which might be an improvement....

Just joking, I kid, I kid

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8 Comments

  • Harold | January 18, 2012 10:42 AMReply

    I got an opportunity to view George Lucas Red Tails movie that premieres January 20, 2012. The movie is a tremendous tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen and recieved a rousing endorsement by many of the Tuskegee Airmen as well as the Tuskegee community. It was a great opportunity to meet many of the cast and crew and enjoy dialogue with them on the campus of historic Tuskegee University. If you get the opportunity, go see this tremendous movie.

  • ras the exhorter | May 14, 2011 4:24 AMReply

    there was brief talk about this film at a DGA Michael Shultz Tribute, word was Lucas couldn't find a distributor and was going to self-distribute... but considering how terrible a filmmaker Lucas is (consider this 2/6 Star Wars are watchable, that's 33% which is FAILING for the series, and 2.75/4 Indiana Jones is watchable, against right around FAILING grades) the movie gets a limited release, is panned and shows up on DVD by Xmas as bonus with a Star Wars blu-ray purchase...

  • AccidentalVisitor | May 14, 2011 3:19 AMReply

    Yes. One of the stars of the film, Michael B. Jordan, mentioned the movie in an interview last month. He said Lucas and Co were still in the process of completing post production work for the film but he and some of the cast were able to see a lot of the footage. In Jordan's words it was amazing and, I kid you not, on the level of Avatar. Or something like that. He felt it was groundbreaking.

    Look I have no idea how the story is but people have to understand that Lucas isn't probably as interested in telling a story about black guus triumphing over racism as much as he is about giving audiences a visual feast for the eyes. This movie is going to be about air battles and Lucas wanted to give audiences a view of WW2 aerial fights that they've never seen. And because he is financing the whole thing on his own he can take as much time as he wants to finish the product. There isn't any studio pressure. He wants it to be right. It may turn out to be a mess but the man is gonna do it his way.

  • tepnlex | May 13, 2011 8:34 AMReply

    A black period piece movie....produced by George Lucas.
    May the force be with him.
    I hate to say it, but in today's Hollywood, if it don't make dollars, it don't make sense.

  • starfishncoffee | May 13, 2011 4:48 AMReply

    Cuba Gooding Jr. Was on the Kathie Lee and Hoda part of The Today Show this morning and talked about this film. He mentioned that it's finished, he's very excited about it, he's seen a trailer, and that it should be out by the end of the year.

    A link to the segment: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/29054368/vp/43022366#43022366

  • Jug | May 13, 2011 4:27 AMReply

    Not happy about this. Original script was great, but word from GOOD authority is that George fucked it up, turned it from "good buddy/war movie" to "it's your black history, it's good for you-EAT IT!" :-(

  • Kunle Adekolo | May 13, 2011 2:55 AMReply

    Jar-Jar Binks?

    Very classy journalism, Sergio. SMDH.

  • tambay | May 13, 2011 2:06 AMReply

    I thought this might be a surprise Cannes entry, out of competition, but it wasn't. This calls for some good old fashioned investigative reporting.

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