George Lucas to Retire from Blockbusting

Word came down from on high last night that the Maker has decided that, with the notable exception of Indy5, Red Tails will be his last big blockbuster film.  He intends to stick to art house movies where he started, and while it didn’t specifically say, hopefully to TV as well.  His reception in the industry from studios was among the reasons he cited for his retirement.  The man had to foot the bill for Red Tails himself because no studio would touch it, despite the fact that he’s one of the big names, this is an amazingly shot film, and it deals with an important part of history.

Another big factor?  The negative reaction from Star Wars “fans.”

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

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I don’t know which is worse, getting this news, or reading the reaction from the “fans” on various websites, which pretty much confirm his reasons.  I’ve feared this day would come for a long time.  Now in all honesty, the man’s 67 years old, so eventual retirement was a foregone conclusion.  But to have a legend such as George Lucas bow out for this reason?  Well, I can’t blame him.  He’s only human, after all, and despite giving us the biggest storytelling franchise in HISTORY, the large majority of the world seems to be plenty mad at him about it.  I’ve already read everything from Red Tails being his “white guilt,” to Lucas dedicating himself to full-time alteration of the original trilogy, to “don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”  And this is just the overnight response.  Seriously?

Star Wars changed the world.  I consider myself fortunate to be one of the original fans, growing up with the Saga as it developed from the beginning to the present where we still have the touch of the master’s hand in The Clone Wars and mind-blowing novels like Darth Plagueis.  I take comfort in knowing that I’ve been one of his most vocal supporters, but alas, I am only one voice in the crowd of naysayers.  I’m with Fanboys director Kyle Newman on this one: if you don’t like it, don’t watch it.  If you haven’t enjoyed Star Wars since the 80s, you give it a failing grade.  You’re not a fan.  Quit wasting everyone’s time with your hatred.  Me?  I’m a fan.  I will still defend the man who gave us all of this, Special Editions and all.  I would do so for anyone who has had such a profound and positive effect upon my life.

Best wishes, Mr. Lucas.  Thank you for a lifetime of entertainment, and may the Force be with you.  I hope you someday come to realize that some of us are on your side and appreciate your efforts.