In a bit of news that will make Star Wars faithful sad and Prequel/Special Edition haters happy, George Lucas is retiring. He broke the news to the New York Times in part of a six-page article about Red Tails, which finally comes out this Friday. Lucas reveals that he’s retiring from the business of making movies as well as Lucasfilm, but he will come back for a fifth Indiana Jones:
“I’m retiring,” Lucas said. “I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.”
He was careful to leave himself an out clause for a fifth “Indiana Jones” film. But otherwise, “Red Tails” will be the last blockbuster Lucas makes. “Once this is finished, he’s done everything he’s ever wanted to do,” says Rick McCallum, who has been producing Lucas’s films for more than 20 years. “He will have completed his task as a man and a filmmaker.”
It took Lucas more than twenty years to get Red Tails made, as he has been talking about this little WWII movie about the Tuskegee Airmen since 1998. And with its release, he’s done. So I guess those rumors of a new Star Wars trilogy beginning in 2019 were false….