Recently speaking with The New York Times about his Tuskegee Airmen flick Red Tails, George Lucas raised two points we think you you would be interested in.
1) He won’t let the whole ‘nuke the fridge‘ thing go.
Apparently Lucas gave Steven Spielberg a six-inch-thick dossier that proved the much lambasted scene was not only plausible, but also rather survivable. According to his extensive research, in a lead lined refrigerator, and assuming the impact didn’t turn him into paste, after the landing all Indy would have to do is straighten his hate and walk away unharmed. “The odds of surviving that refrigerator—from a lot of scientists—are about 50-50,” Lucas said.
2) HE’S RETIRING FROM BLOCKBUSTER FILMMAKING?!?!?
Yep, that’s right. Red Tails will be his last big budget Hollywood extravaganza. He will now apparently go the Francis Ford Coppola route and make smaller, more personal movies. In his own words, “I’m retiring… I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.” Why the move? Apparently its all our fault with our nerdrage. “Why would I make any more when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?” he asked. Longtime Lucas producer Rick McCallum adds “Once [Red Tails] is finished, he’s done everything he’s ever wanted to do… He will have completed his task as a man and a filmmaker.”
Lucas then took his bat and his ball and went home.
The whole New York Times piece is rather long, but honestly still a fascinating read and I will fully admit the shot about fanboy feedback with his retirement set in heavy. Is he really packing it in because the fanboy criticism? I let the years of things I have said and wrote on the topic wash over me. I felt bad. I felt as though I was unnecessarily harsh at times. Then I remembered how stupid anything he’s done in the last 20 years has been and just how one dimensional his story telling can be, especially over the last two decades. I felt better.
The prequels sucked, Han shot first and, my ewoks don’t blink.
Mr. Lucas, If this retirement materializes, I want to thank you for all you have done up until 1989. Good luck in all your future endevours.