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George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'

Director calls quits on blockbusters

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George Lucas has announced his retirement from the movie business.

The director blurted the news to the New York Times in an extensive interview centred on Lucasfilm's upcoming flick, Red Tails.

"I’m retiring," Lucas told the paper. "I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff."

While reports suggest a fifth Indiana Jones movie is in the pipeline - a rumour Lucas was hesitant to quash - Red Tails is apparently the last blockbuster in the man's plans.

Long-time Lucas producer Rick McCallum fuelled the claim saying: “Once this is finished… He will have completed his task as a man and a filmmaker."

Lucas, 67, is apparently keen to return to art-house indie films, an area he expected to spend his career before Star Wars propelled him into the limelight.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Lucas also revealed his disappointment of being attacked by Star Wars fans, hitting out at those unhappy with special editions and recuts of the original trilogy, his extension of the franchise through three prequels, and the company's relentless merchandise push.

The fanboy moans remind the director of how studios used to forcefully edit his first movies, with THX 1138 and American Graffiti prime examples.

“On the internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made a change are completely changing the movie,” Lucas remarks. “I’m saying: ‘Fine. But my movie, with my name on it, that says I did it, needs to be the way I want it’.”

Lucas clearly likes to do things his way and following the 3D releases of all six Star Wars films - which roll out on the big-screen from this February - the director is hanging up his Empire boots for good.

“Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”

Red Tails

Lucasfilm's Red Tails is an all-black action adventure which the director claimed is "kind of like ‘The Color Purple,’ only in airplanes" and "sort of like a Tyler Perry movie, only without jokes".

Red Tails flies onto cinema screens on 20 January. ®

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