This comes from an upcoming interview with Lucas in Empire Magazine (thanks to our friends at TheForce.Net for pointing it out), in which he claims that he’ll be moving away from Lucasfilm in order to focus on smaller things. Here’s what he said:
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.
I’m sure the ‘fans’ out there who’ve claimed Lucas has ruined their movies and childhood are dancing with glee at this news, but honestly, I think it’s a good thing as well (but for far different reasons). I respect George Lucas as a filmmaker and the many things he’s done for the industry. I truely believe he’s still got ‘the goods’ to make fun films. However, there’s always a problem inherent when one gets too close to a project. Every artist in the world understands this, and the need to take a step back every now and again.
I feel this applies to Lucas and Lucasfilm as well. Since he came out of retirement to direct the new Star Wars films, that’s pretty much all his life has been consumed with. From games to TV shows, he’s been Star Wars-centric for a long time now. Perhaps it is for the best that he take a step back. Hell just look at what happened to Star Wars when Lucas first stepped away from it a little bit and let others handle it; we got Empire Strikes Back!
The Clone Wars show seems to be in good hands with Dave Filoni, and perhaps a lessened involvement will also help out the much delayed live action TV show. Many are probably wondering what he means by “finishing all [his] obligations” to Lucasfilm before he ‘retires’. Perhaps it has something to do with another Indiana Jones, or the TV shows. Hard to say, but we’ve heard this before from the man, so the real question is…Does he mean it this time?