George Lucas is a strange man. Fortunately he's allowed to be a little off center because his Star Wars franchise has made ridiculous amounts of money, but the downside to that is that everyone wants to be in the Star Wars business -- and only the Star Wars business -- making it so Lucas can't really stretch his creative muscles without it eventually leading back to more Boba Fett questions. According to a new interview for Empire, that may soon change, as Lucas is getting closer to the low-budget, experimental movies he's always wanted to make, but couldn't because of his dedication to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.
He tells Empire, "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 theatres."
Like we said, he's a strange man, and we're a little afraid of the "experimental" stuff Lucas will create with a saw and hammer in his garage; for all we know his "hobby movies" could include some freaky 50 Shades of Grey fanfic. In all seriousness, though, maybe this is what he needs. Maybe he needs to just create ... whatever, and then upload it to YouTube under a fake name and let it take its course.
At this point Lucas seems to care less about an audience and more about just doing what he wants to do instead of listening to what his fans want him to do. We say more power to him. And, hey, you never know -- that next supercut of movie characters waving their middle fingers at the camera may be directed by George Lucas!
If you're curious to see what a George Lucas-directed experimental art film might look like, check out this recent post that walks you through a few of the ones he made before Star Wars (and we've posted one below, called Look at Life, which he made as an animation student in the '60s)
Do you think Lucas will be able to step away from the LucasFilm machine and make hobby movies in his garage? Do you think he'll let the world see these movies, and would you even want to watch them? [via The Force.net, Slashfilm]
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