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George Lucas Retiring to Focus on Experimental Films

George Lucas, best known for Star Wars and Indiana Jones, is retiring from making big-budget Hollywood films to focus on smaller, experimental films.


George Lucas, seen here instructing actor Temuera Morrison who plays Jango Fett in the Star Wars series of movies, is leaving the big movie genre to focus on smaller, experimental film projects. 

George Lucas, the Hollywood filmmaker best known for his Star Wars and Indiana Jones series of movies, is walking away from big-budget movie productions.

Numerous reports say that once Lucas completes his current projects, he will work on smaller, edgier movies. "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," Lucas told Empire magazine [via Perez Hilton]. “I've always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theaters.”

THX points out that Lucas' contributions to the art of movie making go far beyond the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” films.

“THX exists today because George Lucas refused to settle. He regarded movie theater technology of the 1970s as a profound constraint around his artistic expression. Like all innovators, rather than try to challenge conventional wisdom of his day, he simply decided to redefine it by creating what did not exist,” explains Kaling Lim, executive director, THX Ltd. “His gifts to the world extend far beyond THX and the joys of watching ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Indiana Jones.’ George Lucas transformed the way movies are made. He reinvigorated an entire industry and captured the imagination of people everywhere. George, can count on THX to carry his vision forward for generations to come.”

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About the Author

Robert Archer, Senior Editor, CE Pro
Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass.

2 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by John Nemesh  on  06/07  at  04:53 PM

I heard he was going to do a “Special Edition” of Indiana Jones first with a re-worked score and digitally enhanced effects with Spielberg before retiring.

Posted by neil  on  06/07  at  05:28 PM

He hasn’t already been retired?  After Return of the Jedi I thought he hasn’t made a good film yet!

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