A fascinating new interview with Star Wars mastermind George Lucas finds him finally — and rather bitterly — speaking out against his fanboy detractors who have been tearing him a new one over his endless fiddling with the original trilogy. And he’s not making any more blockbusters, ever.
The sprawling, fascinating, six-page interview with Lucas by The New York Times finds a “wearily indifferent” Lucas striking back (sorry, couldn’t resist) after years of being the geek community’s simultaneous godfather and whipping boy. Here’s a telling excerpt:
“On the Internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made a change are completely changing the movie,” Lucas says, referring to fans who, like the dreaded studios, have done their own forcible re-edits. “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 seized control of his movies from the studios only to discover that the fanboys could still give him script notes. “Why would I make any more,” Lucas says of the Star Wars movies, “when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”
Meow! Personally, I have no idea who he’s talking about with this “guys who are complaining” and “everybody yells at you all the time” business. Umm, anyway…
The interview also reveals how Lucas financed every part of his new movie Red Tails himself — including manufacturing the prints and distributing them to theaters, as well as all advertising — after every studio in town refused him. There’s lots of other info as well, including how he’s not giving up on filmmaking altogether, he just wants to do small-budgeted, experimental, art house kinds of movies from now on.
Also interesting to note that Lucas leaves open the possibility of someday soon making one last blockbuster: Indiana Jones 5.
So if he’s getting out of the blockbuster business, does that mean he’ll stop changing the Star Wars movies now?