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George Lucas: No More Star Wars Movies, and It’s the Fanboy Haters’ Fault!

George  Lucas probably wouldn’t mind using the Death Star’s  planet-destroying laser on all the fanboys who keep blasting him for constantly  tweaking his original Star Wars trilogy.

And now the Master Jedi tells the New York Times that he has no intention of making  any more Star Wars movies because of all the fan carping.

So what prompted this turn to the Dark Side?

“I think there are more important things in the world,” a wounded Lucas said  in a profile promoting his longtime passion project Red Tails,  chronicling the Tuskegee Airmen. “Why would I make any more when everybody yells  at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”

The 67-year-old flannel-clad filmmaker is referring to a revolt among  diehards outraged by his constant changes to the decades-old movies. For  instance, when he added Darth Vader shouting “Noooo!” to the finale of Return of the Jedi for the film’s Blu-Ray release, or even more  notoriously had Greedo shoot first instead of Han Solo in the 1997 “special  edition” of Star Wars.

Lucas’ alterations to the classic series, without the slightest consideration  for supernerd feelings, even prompted a documentary on the subject entitled The People  vs. George Lucas, which presented a courtroom-style indictment of his  creative decisions.

But none of that fazes the director, whose definition of “final cut” is  ever-evolving.

“On the Internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made a change  are completely changing the movie,” argued Lucas, pointing to irate  acolytes who have taken to YouTube posting their own re-edits. “I’m saying:  ‘Fine. But my movie, with my name on it, that says I did it, needs to be the way  I want it.'”

Perhaps that has a lot to do with Lucas’ decision to stop making blockbusters  and return to making the kind of more personal, experimental films he was making  in the ’70s.

Of course however, the mogul has left himself an exception—the possibility of  shooting one final Indiana Jones movie, which he’s currently  developing. And that could be even riskier than the last installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which was the least well-received of the four Indy flicks.

No doubt, fanboys will be arguing over that film too if it ever gets made,  not to mention Star Wars: The Clone Wars on the Cartoon network and a live-action TV show he’s got in the works.

But before they do that, the debate over Lucas’ Star Wars legacy is  already starting anew as the helmer is set to unspool the sextet in 3-D. The films will be release one a  year, beginning next month with Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom  Menace.

May the Force be with him.





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