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George Lucas; two words that conjure intensely passionate feelings from two differing camps. There are those who still revere the man who gave us 'Star Wars,' and there are those who revile the man who tarnished the trilogy and unleashed the prequels upon the world. Now it seems as if this controversial geek icon is ready to call it quits. In a recent interview with Empire, fittingly enough, Lucas announced his retirement. Here's what he had to say...
"I'm moving away from the company, I'm moving away from all my businesses, I'm finishing all my obligations and I'm going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies. I've always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theaters."
Hobby movies? Does that mean they will be devoid of CG characters and digital emptiness? Is he prepping another 'THX 1138?' To be fair, I really hope Lucas is sincere about this retirement and this new found interest in making movies in his garage, as creepy as that initially sounded. Perhaps the key to unlocking the Lucas we used to love is to remove ginormous budgets from the filmmaking equation. I love the original 'Star Wars' deeply, and I freely admit that his actions over the last fifteen years or so have transformed me into a Lucas detractor. However, I still hold out hope that the artist locked away inside the businessman can be salvaged; like Luke trying to make Vader remember his humanity at the end of 'Return of the Jedi.' If he is serious about this retirement, and about returning to small, experimental films, I wish him well.
What do you guys think? Do you believe Lucas is really retiring? If he is, how do you feel about him hanging up his spurs?