Mostly this thread is making me wish George Lucas was younger, or hadn't slowed down between 1984 and 1997 or so. Sure, I'm interested to see what the man who made THX-1138 and American Graffiti might come up with next given his desire to "return to his roots" or however you want to put it. But I'd also like to see a couple more Indy movies and Episodes 7-9. (And I still have hopes for the live-actors TV series.) And if I had to choose between the two, I think I'd definitely take more Star Wars and Indy. And I'm not sure what kind of so-called independent film I'd like to see from Lucas, anyway; I'm not all that convinced that a WWII movie is it. (I know this is blasphemous, but maybe would it really be such a bad thing if it wasn't a period piece? I know a Lucas movie set in the present is very unlikely, but there's plenty of valid reasons to make those kinds of movies.) Anyway, I'll just say that if he retired entirely tomorrow, he would have a formidable legacy already, though that was also true by the 80's. And IMO he puts enough intelligence and integrity into his blockbusters that there's not necessarily a need to assume he'd be making a major improvement by "going independent".