George Lucas has announced that he is retiring from mainstream film-making.
In an interview with the New York Times, Lucas said: “I’m retiring, I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.”
The director, who has had a hard time getting his latest film, Red Tails, made and released, admitted that he would leave himself an “out clause” to make a fifth Indiana Jones film with Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford, but is otherwise done with making blockbuster movies.
He also confirmed that he would have no involvement with any future Star Wars films.
“Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?” said Lucas.
“Once [Red Tails] is finished, he’s done everything he’s ever wanted to do,” said long-time Lucas associate and Star Wars producer Rick McCallum, who opined that Lucas has nearly “completed his task as a man and a film-maker.”
Lucas now intends to devote himself to making esoteric personal films, which will be screened in art houses rather than multiplexes, jokily claiming to have heard the voice of destiny urging him to “make the art films, George.”