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George Lucas – "I Don’t Want to Make Movies Anymore"

News Item:  Director George Lucas wants to quit filmmaking to concentrate on more lucrative TV projects. The Star Wars creator says making movies is too risky nowadays, because the average cost of shooting and marketing a blockbuster is now $200 million, so he’s steering his production company Lucasfilm towards TV and low-budget movies. Lucas also believes internet downloading is set to shake up the film industry, reports Empire magazine. He reveals,
“We don’t want to make movies, we’re getting into television. The feature film thing is too expensive and it’s too risky. For that same $200 million I can make 50 to 60 two-hour movies.” He adds, “I don’t think anyone’s going to be in the (movie-going habit) anymore. Everything is going to be a matter of choice. I think that’s going to be a huge revolution in the medium.” However, Lucas isn’t giving up his film career just yet – he’s currently working on Red Tails, a low-budget film about America’s first black military airmen, and the fourth Indiana Jones movie.

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  1. Who moved the cheese? This one has been a long time coming, but i doubt whether the entire film industry is going out of business. i think we'll see alot more niche movies that dont carry the same risks as expensive mass market product. I also think we'll see some very innovative new business models spring up out of all sorts of unexpected places (Australia?) – business models with products and services that are extremely difficult to pirate, and are actually enhanced by the digital revolution.

  2. The day movies die will be a day I rue and mourn. Going to see a film on the big screen, as I do almost every week, is infinitely superior to watching TV or the internet, regardless of how many gimmicky sound systems or downloads are available. Its a social event where I can enjoy a film with an audience without having to answer the doorbell or phone, or worry about noise upsetting the neighbours. In short, its my favourite form of escapism.

    However, I think George is exaggerating. I don’t think cinema will die out, nor do I think its a bad thing that expensive brainless summer blockbusters are proving not financially viable (although over the years and decades there have been some gems amongst the dross).

    With lower budgets, films will be able to take more risks, and who knows? Maybe Hollywood will have a third golden era (the first two being the 1930s and the 1970s).

    Its also interesting and ironic that in many ways the blockbuster era started and ended with Star Wars.

  3. If I'm not mistaken, I think he said something like this a few years back too when the final episode of Star Wars was released. 

    Not just because he is George Lucas but I tend to agree with him, movie going at a theater is toast and it is in large part because of hte power of the Internet…THANK YOU AL GORE!!! 

  4. I think George’s comments reflect an issue that has been around for a long time. It’s incredibly difficult for low budget -yet well produced movies to get into the Hollywood flow and receive the full benefits of a Summer blockbuster (advertising and distribution). Of course there are those independents that slip through with much effort, but the vast majority of great stories, in my opinion, never make it in the huge pond with the “Big Boys.” Perhaps this is good because it forces us to think and act differently.

    On a slightly different note, I have a problem with movies that cost an insane amount of money to make and the content is outright ridiculous. These types of movies, which are now so common, are a complete waste of time and resources. There are so many other things which can be done to really help people besides spending more capital than a small developing nation on a movie with absolutely no plot and terrible acting.

    Personally, I love going to the theaters to see a good movie. I remember going to see Return of the Jedi with my dad when I was little and the line stretched out the door and around the corner. I remember going to see the last installment of the Star Wars Prequels, again with my dad, and the entire theater being packed, literally almost every seat taken and as soon as the music started the entire theater began to cheer – me included. Movie going is truly social and no matter how I love my DVD’s and surround sound, sometimes you can’t beat going to the theater. However, if you want to mess up a movie experierence, just have a bunch of roudy individuals who talk too much amongst themselves as if they’re the only ones in the theater… and the movie experience pretty much goes downhill from there.

    I believe the revolution that’s already here will open up many doors in television and the internet as well as even out the playing field in Hollywood and the other film capitals of the world that are budding up.

    There will always be a place for movie theaters as well as the personal comforts of a home entertainment system.

    Allen Paul Weaver III
    author, Transition: Breaking Through the Barriers
    http://www.allenpaulweaveriii.com

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