January 18th, 2012
10:11 AM ET
George Lucas' cinematic tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, "Red Tails," opens in theaters on Friday, and it might be the last opportunity for fans to see a more commercial Lucas production.
After spending nearly $100 million on the biopic about African-American World War II pilots starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and David Oyelowo, Lucas tells the New York Times that he's ready to call it quits. From blockbusters, anyway.
"I'm retiring. I'm moving away from the business, from the company, from all kinds of stuff," the "Star Wars" legend said.
Instead, with what sounds like a possible exception for a fifth "Indiana Jones" movie, Lucas would like to focus the remainder of his career on more "personal" ventures (a.k.a., art films). And it doesn't sound like any of those more personal flicks would be attached to the "Star Wars" franchise.
"Why would I make any more ['Star Wars' movies] when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?" Lucas inquired. Besides, he says of the criticism he's received from fans of the franchise, "I think there are a lot more important things in the world."
Such as trying to rattle Hollywood out of its tried-and-true approach to moviemaking. Lucas, who served as executive producer on "Red Tails," has spoken openly about the difficulties of getting a movie with a black cast made, but he tells the NYT that he doesn't think the studios were being racist, as much as they were being unimaginative.
But if he can get "Red Tails" to do "Twilight" business on opening weekend, he joked, "then gosh, all movies will be black."
So do you believe Lucas will now focus solely on the more experimental projects? (Time magazine, for one, isn't quite as convinced.)
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