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Why Lucas is quitting blockbusters

Discussion in 'Lucasfilm Ltd. In-Depth Discussion' started by kypzethdurron, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Jedi_Ford_Prefect

    Jedi_Ford_Prefect Jedi Master star 4

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    I do wish that, if we really needed another SW trilogy, that Lucas was the one doing it. Maybe get a co-director or co-writer to help him out if need be (and keep complainers at bay). I'd have trusted Lucas himself to carry on in the spirit of his series and explore the deeper themes and mysteries left in the mythology. All I expect out of Abrams and Arndt is wishy washy Gen X nostalgia.
     
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  2. ShaneP

    ShaneP Ex-Mod Officio star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    But I suspect they wouldn't have been any good. There were times watching the making of stuff where he almost sounded obligated to make the PT. He just seems to love what he's doing now and is happier than he's been (even the reporter noted it in that recent art museum article). What does that tell you? It tells me he's happier doing what he's doing now and is more passionate about it. Passion and exuberance go a long way to making something good(doesn't guarantee it obviously).

    So I'm glad he's not doing any more. But I'm still glad were getting more. He's earned his retirement from SW. But Lucas recognized, wisely, that SW is not ready for retirement. He will be remembered right alongside Walt Disney as a great icon of the film industry. That's if he stopped now.

    But he's not even done yet.
     
  3. Darth Dru

    Darth Dru Jedi Youngling star 1

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    LOL That's because aside from RotS, he hasn't made anything good since '89.
     
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  4. ezekiel22x

    ezekiel22x Force Ghost star 5

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    Yep. Honestly, I'd rather have Star Wars go back to the early 90s when a novel and a Super Nintendo game were big releases than see Abrams take over.
     
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  5. Darth Dru

    Darth Dru Jedi Youngling star 1

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    lol agreed (with the exception of RotS)
     
  6. Son of a Bith

    Son of a Bith Jedi Master star 4

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    Of course he's quitting blockbusters. What choice does he have?
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  7. Darth Dru

    Darth Dru Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Lucas is a great story teller, but frankly imo he's not a great film maker.
     
  8. I Are The Internets

    I Are The Internets Force Ghost star 8

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    Is he still going to do the smaller less expensive films?
     
  9. Darth Dru

    Darth Dru Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Let's be honest here. Truth be told, Lucas got lucky, he hit the jackpot with Star Wars. Would we even know who he is if not for Star Wars? Probably not, aside from a slight mention with regard to Indiana Jones. I attribute the success of Indiana Jones more to Spielberg than to Lucas, and aside from SW and IJ, what else is there? Nothing. And even with Star Wars, the only good ones are 3, 4, 5, and 6; two of which were directed by someone other than Lucas.

    Conclusion: Who really cares if Lucas isn't doing blockbusters anymore. Does it matter? It's moot. Aside from telling a few good stories and directing only two really memorable ones, he hasn't really done any blockbusters.
     
  10. ShaneP

    ShaneP Ex-Mod Officio star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    We would know George if he hadn't done SW, but it would be as a tech guy pushing the envelope behind the scenes with his sound and vfx innovations. Those,imho, have been just as profound anyway. He standardized great sound in movie theaters with his THX certification program. And then Skywalker Sound and ILM need no introduction.

    So yeah, he would be known, but as a behind the scenes innovator.
     
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  11. Darth Dru

    Darth Dru Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Fair enough. Then again, wasn't it the success of the original Star Wars that pushed him that way? As far as technology is concerned, someone would've eventually thought of it and then developed it.
     
  12. fett 4

    fett 4 Force Ghost star 5

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    I wouldn't hold your breath on this one if I were you. He has been saying that since RTJ came out. He could have done them at any time since then and he hasn't unless you count Red Tails
     
  13. ShaneP

    ShaneP Ex-Mod Officio star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    He may never make them. But that's ok. He doesn't have to.
     
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  14. Darth Dru

    Darth Dru Jedi Youngling star 1

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    LOL that's 'cuz Lucas is full of sh@$! All he's got is Star Wars.
     
  15. Darth Dru

    Darth Dru Jedi Youngling star 1

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    All George cares about anymore is money. It's sad.
     
  16. Jarren_Lee-Saber

    Jarren_Lee-Saber Jedi Master star 4

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    Study a bit about GL before you make sweeping statements.

    Also, Lucas is know for American Graffiti
     
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  17. darklordoftech

    darklordoftech Force Ghost star 6

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    Just like the ST and PT were talked about in 1983, and ended up being released 1999-2019.
     
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  18. drg4

    drg4 Jedi Master star 4

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    Fixed.

    (And I only did this because you denied the existence, let alone the sublimity, of THX-1138 and American Graffiti.)
     
  19. ShaneP

    ShaneP Ex-Mod Officio star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Even though Lucas only directed a handful of films, his impact has been far and wide. Even if we're only to talk about SW, that is still a lasting legacy. And thats just one film. But that one film's impact was so huge and far-reaching.
     
  20. Rawne

    Rawne Jedi Knight star 2

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    I find the 'he's only doing it for the money' angle pretty laughable. I bought into it when I was younger but I've since realized Lucas has been wealthy for decades now. Not just rich but wealthy. Everything I've read about the guy gives me the impression that he doesn't particularly care about that sides of things, that he's even a bit embarrassed about it. Though I'm sure he's not crying himself to sleep about how full his bank account is.
     
  21. Jarren_Lee-Saber

    Jarren_Lee-Saber Jedi Master star 4

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    Effing BRILLIANT drg4 !!!!
     
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  22. fett 4

    fett 4 Force Ghost star 5

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    Which was before Starwars not after
     
  23. Padmes_love_slave24

    Padmes_love_slave24 Jedi Master star 3

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    Wow you are a moron please leave the boards you have nothing to bring to any discussion. To all you people whining that Lucas cares about money to that I say so what?! Is that a crime to want to create a world and a story and profit off of it you sound like a idiot idealistic hippie. Besides Lucas made the movies for many factors, he wanted to tell Anakin's story and he wanted to get new fans, and of course he wanted to strengthen the star wars name by bringing star wars to a new generation. BTW if you want to be educated and not sound like a fool look up how much money Lucas has donated to various causes, I love how some people conveniently ignore that, next time you want to have a discussion sound like a adult instead of saying hasn't made anything good, expound on your point you sound like a simpleton by saying "good" and "bad"
     
  24. DarthBoba

    DarthBoba Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Don't feed the trolls.
     
  25. Darth Nerdling

    Darth Nerdling Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Well, since George is giving virtually all of his $4 billion to philanthropic endeavors I guess it's really not that bad that all he cares about is making money, but then again, if you're giving it all away, then does that really mean that you only care about making money?...

    Yeah, not so sure about that one.
     
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