Lucas 'retiring' from film business
Published 19/01/2012 | 10:43
George Lucas has announced he won't be making another blockbuster.
The Star Wars director, 67, made the announcement in an interview to the New York Times, where he spoke of Hollywood bosses rejecting his latest film, Red Tails.
"I'm retiring," he said. "I'm moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff."
The filmmaker said he would only work on a fifth Indiana Jones film before he calls it a day.
Otherwise, Red Tails, an action adventure about a pioneering group of African-American pilots who fought in the Second World War, which he financed himself, will be his last blockbuster.
Rick McCallum, who has been producing Lucas' films for more than 20 years, was quoted as saying: "Once this is finished, he's done everything he's ever wanted to do. He will have completed his task as a man and a filmmaker."
According to the New York Times, the director will spend the rest of his life making small, experimental art-house films.
The director also responded to negative reaction to the changes he's made to his Star Wars films, saying: "Why would I make any more when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?"
Responding to his critics, he said: "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'."
The US director said Hollywood bosses rejected Red Tails, directed by black filmmaker Anthony Hemingway, because they could not understand how to market it.