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George Lucas Stepping Away From LucasFilm To Make Experimental Movies In His Garage

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by Kevin Jagernauth
May 30, 2012 3:18 PM
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Nearing 70 years old and with more than enough money to retire for twenty lifetimes, it looks like George Lucas is ready to hang up his lightsaber and call it a day. Again. The "Star Wars" godfather has previously spoken about his desire to do more experimental films and his plans to move away from the business many times over -- most recently in January -- and now he's talking it up again.

The filmmaker recently chatted with Empire (via /Film) and once again retired, he really -- for real guys -- is going step back and pull a Terrence Malick or Francis Ford Coppola or something. "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," he said. "I’ve always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theatres."

Now, let's bear in mind, it's not like he isn't gonna keep cashing cheques from LucasFilm, but it's probably more like he's not going to bother with those 9 a.m. Monday morning meetings set up by Dean in accounting anymore. But do we really see the man who has spent decades obsessing on his "Star Wars" franchise throwing himself into "hobby movies." Maybe, but let's remember Lucas' "garage" isn't the kind packed with Christmas decorations, an unused weight bench and lawn chairs. Dude probably could get a workable studio in what he considers a spare room, so it'll be interesting see what kind of high-tech tomfoolery he gets up to. Or even what he considers experimental. If he busts out some Stan Brakhage level shit, we'll be impressed.

Anyway, it's all talk for now and dude has been saying this forever so we'll see. Until then, you can look forward to another "Star Wars" 3D re-release in theaters next year. That's the George Lucas we know....

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6 Comments

  • anon | May 30, 2012 10:27 PMReply

    good riddance

  • zxcvb | May 30, 2012 8:47 PMReply

    "If he busts out some Stan Brakhage level shit, we'll be impressed."

    Have you seen his USC student films? He made some legit experimental shorts back then:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx330bGmxIk

    And if I'm not mistaken, Lucas was a generous donor in the Canadian Film Board's effort to preserve and promoting Arthur Lipsett's work.

    That's what so sad and baffling about Lucas. Somehow the biggest hack of all -- this side of 1990 -- was once a true student of film-as-art. By comparison, even today's "arthouse" filmmakers were always making fairly conventional narrative films.

  • Bob | May 30, 2012 7:13 PMReply

    Lucasfilm. One word. No capital F. After 30+ years why does every writer in this biz get this wrong?

  • IC | May 30, 2012 8:22 PM

    Maybe because it's beyond irrelevant, pedantic idiot.

  • Zinjo | May 30, 2012 5:59 PMReply

    It's about DAMN time!
    When his buddy Steven Speilberg came to realize "re-editing" ET was a mistake, George should have taken the hint.
    I would rather have seen something new from the man over the last twenty years than yet ANOTHER rehash of the Star Wars films. Red Tails was visually impressive, but lacking the heart and soul of character drama it needed to be resonant to anyone.

    Perhaps he's rediscover why he loved film in the first place and how to pen a dramatic script once again.

    Good luck George, show us what you got!

  • Tyrannosaurus Max | May 30, 2012 5:47 PMReply

    "If he busts out some Stan Brakhage level shit, we'll be impressed." I chucklol'd. Very nice, Kevin.

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