Mr. George Lucas, one of the architects of my imagination, announced that he is retiring from blockbuster filmmaking. Here is the article by Bryan Curtis from New York Times Magazine, entitled, “George Lucas is Ready to Roll the Credits": http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/magazine/george-lucas-red-tails.html?_r=2&smid=tw-nytmag&seid=auto.
It looks like he has created a loophole for Indiana Jones 5 but from this point forward he is going to be making art-house movies that are designed to fire his imagination. He’s going to do what he wants to do and that happens to be a wonderful possition to be in.
I wonder how much of this decision was due to the fanboy backlash that happened with the release of the “Special Editions” of his opus, “Star Wars” and the release of “Episode I, II, & III” of the Star Wars series. As a child of the seventies and as someone who was deeply influenced by “Star Wars” my generation has not been kind concerning “the prequels”. We grew up and were given new tools to discuss & digest our passions (an internet connection) and the rest was history. We are, as consumers, a selfish lot ~ but, I ask you, can you blame us? “Star Wars” changed people’s lives – mine included. Such devotion is not easily manifested. In a strange sense Mr. Lucas is the father to a generation of geeks who grew up to be writers, artists, directors, filmmakers, model builders, animators, and innovators. “Star Wars” made people from my generation of geekdom think differently and for that, Mr. Lucas, we thank you.
…I thank you.
I am looking forward to seeing; “Red Tails” and am eager to see how you express yourself via film in the future. I wish all the best to you; Sir on this chosen path but part of me is still wishing that Episodes VII, VIII, and IX were a go. ...As I may have mentioned we are a selfish lot.
Please forgive my fanboy wishes, Mr. Lucas, all the best.