George Lucas leaving LucasFilm to make small, “hobby movies”
While the world may know him for his iconic STAR WARS franchise, people seem to forget that George Lucas was, in the early part of his career, one of the most interesting independent filmmakers around. Be it the sci-fi masterpiece THX 1138 or the small slice of life drama AMERICAN GRAFFITI, the most frustrating thing about his recent spate of lackluster films, the prequels and other failures, is that behind it all is a man who is truly talented behind the camera. And now, we may finally get to see that proven once again.
Lucas recently spoke to Empire (and hat tip to /Film), and revealed once again that he is now retiring from his company, LucasFilm, to his “garage with my saw and hammer" so that he might "build hobby movies.” The films will be “experimental in nature,” and allow him to “not have to worry about them showing in movie theaters.”
There has been a ton of controversy surrounding his recent work, but really, the idea of him being inspired to make 'saw and hammer' films is thrilling. While other directors of his generation (Francis Ford Coppola comes to mind) have seemingly lost their spark later in their career, one hopes that this new venture re-ignites the flame of a man whose early work I happen to admire.
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