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George Lucas Struggles to Reinvent Himself

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the struggling-artist-I'm-sure dept.

Star Wars Prequels 370

GuyMannDude writes "Wired has a lengthy article about what lies ahead for George Lucas. Originally a member of a maverick group of young filmmakers who were at odds with the thinking and methods of the major studios, he has now become the most financially successful director in history by marketing the ultimate popcorn fodder. With the Star Wars saga ending, Lucas now struggles with how to reinvent himself." I imagine it will be hard to get away from Star Wars, given that he's producing television shows set in the fictional universe.

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Reinvent this... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350647)

...first post! woo!

Clones, Myths and Prizes (4, Interesting)

Baldrson (78598) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350650)

Lucas now struggles with how to reinvent himself

and He estimates that he gave two decades of solid work to Star Wars, not including a hiatus to raise three adopted kids as a single father.

Obviously the time has come for payback from his fans.

How many young Star Wars couples would be willing to raise their very own George Lucas Love Clone?

Come on, George. Donate some nuclei. Leave the midichlorian, er, mitochondrian DNA to the egg donor.

Face it -- its the right thing to do.

Bit serially, this guy has done a lot for digital cinema and his accumulated capital seems most appropriately put to use cultivating young talent. The academic cinema schools where he and his contemporaries got their start just aren't what they used to be but he could certainly help advance the state of the art in home "home schooled" digital movie production.

This would get kids in the hinterlands producing movies from their own myths, starting from the same age Spielberg was when he first got a hold of a movie camera.

Probably the best way to do it would be to get together with someone like John Carmack and define a series of prize awards for technologies that are critical to bringing the cost of movie production down.

Re:Clones, Myths and Prizes (1)

justanyone (308934) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350693)

Re: Clones, Myths and Prizes

Shouldn't that read, "Clothes, Misses, and Pizzas?" as his wealth increases?

Re:Clones, Myths and Prizes (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350723)

his accumulated capital seems most appropriately put to use cultivating young talent

Michael Jackson already tried that, and look where it got him.

Young talent? Bah! (0, Flamebait)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350861)

How about "Sir George Lucas, CBE?"

Then he can make crap pictures like Scorsese did, when he followed "Taxi Driver" with the appalling 'New York, New York". Scorsese recovered, because he wasn't a hack. Lucas won't - 'cos he is.

P.S.: What Scorsese movie was spun-off as a sitcom?

Re:Clones, Myths and Prizes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350855)

Modded you up, so I'm posting anonymously.

Who are you, really?

A lunatic?
A genius?
Generally funny guy?

I can't tell. Some of the stuff you post on k5 is weird beyond belief, racist (or is it? I can never tell, you're so careful), or inane. Some of it, if not a good idea, certainly interesting ideas that need further exploration.

And here you are, saying things just a little more eloquently than others that could make one think you are not normal, rather just a little more exceptional than most. Funny, insightful, and even correct, just in this one post.

Maverick young film-makers. (2, Insightful)

ShaniaTwain (197446) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350953)

Originally a member of a maverick group of young filmmakers who were at odds with the thinking and methods of the major studios, he has now become the most financially successful director in history by marketing the ultimate popcorn fodder.

isn't this just the way it goes?

the counter-culture becomes the over-the-counter culture.

Maybe we could get those hinterland kids to produce Jar-Jar cups for taco bell, or Obiwan Bobble heads for your car..

Re:Clones, Myths and Prizes (4, Insightful)

ediron2 (246908) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350966)

I disagree.

Probably the best way to do it would be to get together with someone like John Carmack and define a series of prize awards for technologies that are critical to bringing the cost of movie production down.


You mean, like a DV camcorder and a PC?! Or custom flash animations? Or Machinima? Or an Intel 'Play' ($100 or less at toy stores everywhere)?

Seriously, someone emailed me a 1-minute, 20-frame animated gif that made me laugh myself silly (google 'lord-of-the-rings really-really'). Napoleon Dynamite (a so-so flick) cost $60,000. 401-the-movie (or whatever that homebrew flick was called) was done by two guys in a garage. Whether you go gonzo and buy old gear (early video toasters are STUPID cheap on ebay, for the capability they have) or buy new consumer/hobbyist gear (toys or personal gear), you can create stuff easily nowadays. And once done, between burnable discs, torrents and viral marketing and websites, good material can be distributed more easily than ever, too.

The difference between a damn-funny personal movie and commercial cinema isn't in the creativity (the writing, editing, acting, etc). It's all the details. I judged a regional film fest last year, and the judges instinctively 'cut slack' to beginner projects. If the content is good, everyone tolerates cut corners. But, once there's money to be made, you have to go back and reshoot, paying attention to the details.

Until the goal is truly going commercial, people can do amazing stuff just using COTS gadgetry and a PC. The capability is there sixteen different ways to sundown. Hell, people can do cool stuff in freakin' Powerpoint, as David Byrne demonstrated last year.

I'm sure there are technical hardware improvements possible. But they're not the barrier. Competitions or websites giving these airtime/attention, busted copyright laws (it should be legal/cheap (via compulsory licensing?) to co-opt content like LOTR RRSE does) and desire and experience are about the only impediments.

New outlet (5, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350656)

Now that his first group of fans has grown up, there is a whole new area of filmmaking that he hasn't explored yet: Star Wars porn. I mean who wouldn't pay good money to see a wookie getting it on with a bunch of ewoks?

Re:New outlet (2, Funny)

Winckle (870180) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350688)

Jesus, you must have karma to burn!

Re:New outlet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350722)

Jesus was a Buddhist? Why isn't this in the Bible? Oh the humanity of it all!

Re:New outlet (5, Funny)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350705)

From epoch-making films to, erm, ewok-mating films?

Eww.

Re:New outlet (2, Funny)

Skye16 (685048) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350775)

Well, it's a step up from Phantom Menace...

Re:New outlet (2, Funny)

Jonathan the Nerd (98459) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350712)

Some of us would pay good money not to see something like that.

Still, there are possibilities [netfunny.com] ...

Re:New outlet (2, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350759)

See? This idea is solid gold from a marketing perspective. I bet you can't get the whole wookie/ewok thing out of your head for the rest of the day!

Re:New outlet (3, Interesting)

Seumas (6865) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350753)

Since when has the star wars saga come to an end? He's working on two new series for television, based on Star Wars. The third film isn't even out yet - and there's still the possibility of episodes seven, eigh and nine. Not to mention the various release versions that will come out over the next decade to make money off of the morons who buy everything with the words "star wars" on them.

If Lucas is stuck in a rut, it's his own doing. He's put out so much crap based on his original three pieces of crap almost three decades ago and he wonders why he's pigeon-holed and might have a hard time moving into something else? Well, fucking duh.

I couldn't really care less. I can't remember the last thing Lucas made that I enjoyed. The original Star Wars was okay - I can take it or leave it. The First of the new ones sucked (and I haven't seen any since) and I can't think of anything besides THX1138 that I've liked.

Hopefully he'll just vanish and make room for some new talent.

Re:New outlet (0, Troll)

beerman2k (521609) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350862)

You liked THX 1138?!?

In any case... you should check out American Graffiti. It's quite good.

See the wookie making whoopie! (1)

crovira (10242) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350768)

And what about that Princess Lay-Ya?

And I don't want to talk about Empress Amigdala. (You do kno where your amigdala is located, dontcha?)

Too bad Han's solo...

Re:See the wookie making whoopie! (1)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350828)

In your temporal lobe?

Yea. Talk about fuckin' wich ur mind. (1)

crovira (10242) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350901)

Nothing I wanna see. YUCK!!!

Re:See the wookie making whoopie! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350904)

With easy access for squicking; all you need is a drill [frankco.com] .

Re:New outlet (3, Funny)

lheal (86013) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350777)

  • wookie ... with a bunch of ewoks?

That's just wrong. You need to get some therapy quick, cuz ... damn!

But I know there were some deleted scenes between Jabba and the Princess.

You know what they say, "Once you go Hut, you never", uh, never mind.

My appointment is at 4.

Re:New outlet (2, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350971)

...deleted scenes between Jabba and the Princess.

Wasn't Jabba played by Sally Strothers?
That would make it a lesbian sex fest!
But I doubt few here would complain.

Re:New outlet (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350857)

If the Ewoks were underaged, then we'd REALLY see the Chewbacca Defense in court...

Star wars porn without leia? (1)

deft (253558) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350859)

wow, slashdot has moved to a new level of nerdom when slave leia is left out and replaced with wookies and ewoks.

Re:New outlet (1)

Jaspers (876338) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350930)

hey check this out (Warning: Explicit mpg: might insault some people) Here it is [supanet.com]

Not for the first time, either (4, Insightful)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350657)

Re:Not for the first time, either (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350841)

Must ... Reinvent ... Self ... ;-)

I thought you were talking about somebody else [imdb.com] for a second there.

Do what the other bazillionaires are doing... (2, Interesting)

14erCleaner (745600) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350658)

He should start his own space-flight company.

Re:Do what the other bazillionaires are doing... (0)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350964)

I'd only fly in a ship built by lucas if it sounded like the Fulcon while in flight. Also, all the warning sounds in the cabin had better be stright from the films.

who cares (0, Offtopic)

outz (448278) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350659)

STAR TREK FOREVA!

Re:who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350682)

Star Trek utopia is for wussies.

I'll take B5 and Farscape any time over the oh-so-good-and-moral-federation ST.

Re:who cares (1)

outz (448278) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350689)

ok, you're right. They completely ruined it with 'enterprise' and 'voyager' Stargate FOREVA!

Step One... (0, Troll)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350661)

... quit making shitty movies.

You did much better when you were copying off of others works.

Step two. Stop writing. You aren't good at it.

Step three. Stop directing. You lost your charm.


What does that leave? Producing. You give the cash and some ideas, let others do the work.

Trust me George... you can only go up from here if you follow these simple instructions.

MOD PARENT UP (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350792)

Lucas lost it years ago.

Re:Step One... (5, Insightful)

sg3000 (87992) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350836)

> Trust me George... you can only go up from here if you follow
> these simple instructions.

This is getting annoying.

George Lucas doesn't read Slashdot, and he probably never will.

We're all sorry he did not use your saliva-encrusted fan fiction as the basis for his script for Episodes I-III, but millions of people enjoyed the movies anyway.

Comments such as yours and of the two dozen other minority ranters on Slashdot are getting irritating to no end. If you don't like the movies, fine -- click on Preferences, then click on Homepage, and de-select Star Wars. There! wasn't that easy?

I hope George Lucas makes Jar-Jar a freakin' Jedi Master in Episode III just to piss off the "George Lucas killed my childhood" crowd.

Re:Step One... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350923)

Comments such as yours are even more irritating. Just because someone has a negative opinion doesn't mean they should not post. The poster clearly has an interest in Star Wars, I don't think he seriously expected Lucas to read it, he simply wanted to express how he felt about his latest works. Cripes, dissent is half of nerd commentary, give the man a break.

Re:Step One... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350936)

but millions of people enjoyed the movies anyway.

Millions? Find 5 people total who liked either episode 1 or 2, they don't even have to like both. I challenge you.

There are more than two dozen minority ranters who hate what's happened. He ruined them. He continues to ruin the original movies too. BTW, I'm modding you down. If you aren't a troll just trying to fish for flaming replies, then you are about the biggest retard I've read on /. in the last few months.

Re:Step One... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350944)

I hope George Lucas makes Jar-Jar a freakin' Jedi Master in Episode III just to piss off the "George Lucas killed my childhood" crowd.

Whatever, I grew up with star wars and being preached to by people with the childlike IQ required to appreciate the prequels is annoying. Since you are obviously incapable of criticism, why don't you just shut up and go and watch kiddie films?

I say give the man a chance. (4, Insightful)

DrunkenTerror (561616) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350843)

Everyone's so quick to bash Lucas, but seriously, have you people been paying any attention to his media campaign lately? He's really coming off like he's sorry for ep 1 & 2, and the whole special edition thing... I mean, ep is gonna be PG-13?!? He's said it'll be "Star Wars goes to Hell," for chissakes. That doesn't sound like the words of a man milking some cash-cow for all its worth... If it were, he'd be coming with more furry little ewaks.

Say what you want, but Lucas has always stuck to his guns over the years, creating HIS vision on the screen, not kowtowing what to a bunch of acned sci-fi dorks want to see. That takes integrity. Only time will tell if he can withstand the onslaught of attacks from lesser "fans" who probably never even filmed so much as a school play!

Re:I say give the man a chance. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350918)

So you have a media campaign trying to appeal to Star Wars fans and Episode 3 coming out soon. Do the math.

Re:Step One... (1)

solios (53048) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350878)

Let him outline and storyboard - it's obvious the man has is capable of generating the occasional zinger, but if the most recent SW movies have proved anything, it's that depth isn't something he's capable of. Else the "itty bitty little thing blows up the HUGE MEGA STUPIDBAD THING" would have been used as the climax of ONE movie in the series, instead of THREE (possibly four, haven't seen ep3 yet and can honestly say I have lower expectations for it than I did for the third Matrix film, which was fucking DRAGONBALL Z with sunglasses).

re-invent (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350663)

He could always reinvent his movies.

Re:re-invent (2, Insightful)

skaeight (653904) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350846)

How long until Episodes 1-3 are re-released in theaters digitally remastered with new scenes and completely recut so that his original vision comes through?

From TFA: (2, Informative)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350866)

He could always reinvent his movies.

And Lucas isn't quite done fiddling with Star Wars. Two more TV spinoffs are in the works - one a live-action series, the other in the vein of Cartoon Network's Clone Wars - plus he's overseeing yet another rerelease of all six films, this time digitally remastered in 3-D.

Looks like you'll get your wish! Greedo firing first in 3D! Maybe the new version will have Solo dodging the shot in Matrix-esque bullet time!

GMD

First post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350664)

Hax0red.

Shooting... first or second? (2, Funny)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350670)

Will the new George Lucas shoot first still? Or will he dodge and return fire?

What!? (2, Funny)

darth_MALL (657218) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350675)

"given that he's producing television shows set in the fictional universe."

GL is working for Fox News?!

Re:What!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350832)

No, you're confused, it's actually CBS News. [rathergate.com]

More Sequels (4, Funny)

Flwyd (607088) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350677)

Personally, I'm waiting for a sequel, video games, and action figues for American Graffiti.

Forget that... (1)

solios (53048) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350754)

... why hasn't Lucas cashed in on the current cultural hardon for fantasy with a cleaned up re-release of WILLOW [imdb.com] ?

Seriously. Take the pre-composite footage of the confrontation with Bavmorda (sp?), replace with current effects technology, re-release. Instant club hit.

That, or Lucas can do what he did with Star Wars (the best of which he didn't direct) - write and direct a shitty prequel that totally taints the setting?

Oh, wait. He screwed that one over with a sequel [amazon.com] . In book form, anyway.

Re:More Sequels (4, Informative)

luguvalium2 (466022) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350831)

There was already a sequal: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079576/

That's nothing (2, Funny)

Quattro Vezina (714892) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350956)

I'm still waiting for Howard the Duck 2!

why does he have to keep working? (1)

floodo1 (246910) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350679)

cant he just sit back and revel in being stupid rich?

idk, personally i'd rather sit back and NOT work. seems like trying to reinvent yourself really isnt worth it.

Re:why does he have to keep working? (1)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350889)

Not if you love your job.
Now, the one you propose is what i call a poor life.

new album out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350683)

I hear that George Lucas is going to try his luck out with singing. He's going to start a rock band. Hey, Robery Downey Jr. is doing it...

Its the sad truth (4, Insightful)

the_mutha (177709) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350687)

Lucas should have stuck to what he was good at: having a fertile imagination, having the knack of transferring the detailed worlds he created to the big screen and being a very successfull business man in terms of negotiating with the big studios merchandising rights and so on.

Unfortunately he made the huge mistake of trying to be director again, instead of just a producer. IMHO, the best Star Wars movies where episodes V and VI, both of which he didn't direct.

Maybe he could come up with something totally new and awe inspiring with SOME story this time. Gone are the days where eye candy was enough to make a great hit.

Re:Its the sad truth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350782)

Gone are the days where eye candy was enough to make a great hit. Umm maybe you haven't noticed but those movies still make a crapload of cash. (unfortunately)

Re:Its the sad truth (3, Insightful)

solios (53048) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350847)

Gone are the days where eye candy was enough to make a great hit.


Bull. Look at how much the "cleaned up" rereleases of IV-VI grossed. Look at what Ep2 grossed and how many people were all OMFG YODA LIGHT SABER FIGHT!!!!!!!!! The mere idea was fanservice. Pure eye candy. Straight up conceptual bullshit.

Oh, and that fanservice piece of CRAP grossed $649,476,740 worldwide.

Yeah, that doesn't beat Titanic but I'll be damned if the movie had anything I'd consider "redeeming" from a non eye-candy perspective. And Lucas is still rolling in dough.

What about re-releases? (5, Funny)

syntap (242090) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350690)

Certainly in five or ten years we'll get new, blu-ray hi-def versions of I thru III, with Lucas saying in interviews "I added the new scenes to get the movie I really wanted, which I didn't get back then."

efw (2, Funny)

dotslashdot (694478) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350698)

George Lucas sold out a long time ago in a Galaxy far away.

Name something good by Lucas (5, Insightful)

njfuzzy (734116) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350702)

I hate to be so blunt, but he is struggling to invent himself because he has not released a single good movie outside of the Star Wars series. Ever.

He isn't a great filmmaker. He isn't even a passable mass-market filmmaker. He's a guy who made a cult hit that happened to be a global hit.

And then he made a series with Spielberg.

Re:Name something good by Lucas (5, Informative)

Tyler Eaves (344284) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350762)

Indiana Jones?

Re:Name something good by Lucas (2, Informative)

Palshife (60519) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350937)

That would be the afforementioned series with Spielberg.

Re:Name something good by Lucas (2, Insightful)

crivens (112213) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350776)

"outside"?? What about including the Star Wars movies? One sucked so bad that I didn't bother see the second one.

The funny thing is, I watched the originals while growing up and thought they were fantastic. Now I think they're just crappy films that are fun to watch.

Maybe I'll think the same about the first three in 20 years time. No surely not!!!

Re:Name something good by Lucas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350783)

There were a couple of good ones before Star Wars, American Grafiti and THX. But basically you're right its been 30 years since he did anything good. His contributations to movie tech have been more substantial.

Re:Name something good by Lucas (1)

solios (53048) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350793)

Lucas is at his best when he's producing other, more talented individuals interpretations of his creative work. Witness Jedi and ESB. Willow (co-writer) was also fairly enjoyable.

The area he's always been strong in, imo, is his ear for sound- Freiheit and THX-1138 come to mind. Not to mention the original Star Wars.

Re:Name something good by Lucas (3, Insightful)

SPrintF (95561) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350814)

THX1138
American Graffitti

Re:Name something good by Lucas (4, Insightful)

GileadGreene (539584) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350852)

American Graffiti?
THX-1138?
These were not good movies? Or do they just not count because they were made before you were born?

I'll admit, Lucas has had some real stinkers (Howard the Duck, Willow). And I've been less than impressed with Eps I and II. But I wouldn't write the guy off completely just yet. He did have some real talent once upon a time. Hopefully he can rediscover it.

Re:Name something good by Lucas (1)

njfuzzy (734116) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350922)

I haven't seen American Graffiti. THX-1138 was a serious stinker.

Re:Name something good by Lucas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350880)

How is this post modded as informative? It completely ignores the movie American Graffiti. To say that Lucas never produced a good movie outside the Star Wars series just shows that njfuzzy doesn't know much about the movies Lucas did create outside of Star Wars. Perhaps someone needs to broaden their cinematic palate.

So, was he just modded up as informative becuase he was "informing" us of his wildly innacurate opinion, or what?

Re:Name something good by Lucas (-1, Troll)

sg3000 (87992) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350884)

> Name something good by Lucas

Let's see.

Episode IV. Episode V and VI. Especially the Special Editions. Oh, and Episodes I and II. Plus Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

American Graffiti was supposed to be pretty good, too. Episode III looks like it will be good, too.

Oh, did I kill your zen-like hate-Lucas trance? Whoops, sorry! Please return to your Lucas-flagellation.

Bring back Indy!! (4, Insightful)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350736)

For starters, he could make the fourth Indiana Jones movie that the fans have been waiting for years. And he doesn't have much time left, given Harrison Ford's age...

Re:Bring back Indy!! (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350899)

have you watched ep1 and ep2?

now, why would he need harrision ford to make a totally fucked up indiana jones film?

first GLRMCM! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350739)

George Lucas raped my childhood memories!

Re:first GLRMCM! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350763)

George Lucas raped in my childhood, but I'm waiting for him to get just a little bit richer until I sue him.

Star Wars, the musical? (1)

mynzai (777808) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350745)

"With the Star Wars saga ending, Lucas now struggles with how to reinvent himself."

I wouldn't be suprised if we see Star Wars, the musical. Choreographed by Lucas himself. Except the actors will be droids and Lucas will command them from a mothership hovering over the stage.

Yes, the musical! (2, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350790)

Met him on a ranch up in San Rafael,
Saw him doing CGI, for a character that looked like mucas,
M-U-C-U-Mucus...

I saw the obese fuck in his valley of fog,
Asked him his name and in a raspy voice, he said "Lucas".
L-U-C-A-Lucas,
Lu-Lu-Lu-Lu Lucas...

Well I've been around, but I ain't never seen,
A guy who raped all our childhoods in a manner obscene,
Oh, George Lucas.
Lu-Lu-Lu-Lu Lucas...

And I'm not dumb, but I can't understand,
How Jar Jar and the Ewoks came from Emperor's Hand,
Oh, George Lucas.
Lu-Lu-Lu-Lu Lucas...

Well, I got hired just a week before,
And I've never ever been a marketing whore,
But Georgy-porgy set me straight with force,
Told me "do water specials, with MonCal boobs, of course!"

I know George Lucas has me really annoyed,
But remember, if you kill him then I'll be unemployed,
Oh, George Lucas.
Lu-Lu-Lu-Lu Lucas...

Episode 5's how I want it to stay,
But I need to feed my family, so to the Sith I will pray,
For George Lucas,
Lu-lu-lu-lu-Lucas...

(Thanks, Weird Al, for that second-last verse.)

Innovation (5, Informative)

Kwirl (877607) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350778)

George Lucas is backing the development of a 350 million dollar studio that will combine the functionality of movie special effects with the equipment for video game animation and design features. By combining these two very closely related fields into one mega-location, G.L. is going to ultimately have an impact on entertainment that goes well beyond the scope of "Star Wars" - but even with that titanian accomplishment, there is little chance he will be remembered as such. Ultimately, the innovation that gave him his status is the same innovation that will be tagged to his name inside every electronic wikipedia of the future, and he can't do anything to change that. While many of us rightfully bashed Lucas' work on the first and second (fourth and fifth) Star Wars movies, myself included, he deserves the credit he has earned as a producer and financeer of special effects. Jar Jar sucks, but G.L. will always be a hero in my book for the contributions he has made to computer animation and special effects over the course of his career.

Tips from other Directors (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350780)

If he wants to figure out how to branch out from his original world and set of characters, he should consult with other directors who have already done it.

Like *cough* Kevin Smith.

Re:Tips from other Directors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350908)

If he wants to figure out how to branch out from his original world and set of characters, he should consult with other directors who have already done it.

Like *cough* Kevin Smith.

Yeah, but I always wished that Kevin Smith would bring back that Jay and Silent Bob guys he had from Clerks. Maybe they could make a cameo appearance in a later film or something...

Quit with the stories about this guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350786)

Not only do I not care about Lucas, I'm tired of hearing about him. He made _a_ decent movie years ago and has been sucking the teet of marketing ever since. Why does this make him special or worthy of front page news?

I've got an idea! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350791)

He could reinvent himself by stopping the tenderizing of deceased horseflesh and make better movies as he gets older.

American Grafiti, Episode 1) the Diaper years (4, Funny)

mrycar (578010) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350794)

I would just DIE to see a prequel of America Grafiti. Imagine a series about young Ron Howard and company.

Re:American Grafiti, Episode 1) the Diaper years (3, Funny)

fr2asbury (462941) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350931)

Yeah, it'd would be called The Andy Griffith Show.

Hard to get away from star wars... (1)

tyates (869064) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350795)

when you live at SKYWALKER RANCH.
Anyway, I think Lucas does have a lot of strengths, it's just that coming up with an emotionally compelling story isn't one of them. What if he teamed up with existing sci fi writers and brought their stories to the screen? He would be a great producer, and then he could help find up-and-coming directors and authors.

Knights of the Old Republic (2, Interesting)

SirChris (676927) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350808)

I want a knights of the old republic movie,

and timothy zahn's ones with admiral thrawn..

but made by the people who did pitch black or soldier

great movies that no one wants to see (5, Funny)

ericmarshall (844287) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350816)

From TFA:

"I've earned the right to fail, which means making what I think are really great movies that no one wants to see."

This is in contrast to his previous strategy of making really bad movies that everyone wants to see.

For where I sit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350817)

...he ain't struggling hard enough.

Too much thinking ... not enough feeling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350844)

In the first Star Wars movie, there were lots of stereotypes taken from old movies. It was a tribute to all the great movies that went before. It was great.

Since then, a lot of thought has gone into explaining what the series is about and its been downhill ever since. The ultimate idiocy is Lucas' discussion about the relationship between the 'force' and Zen. Discussing Zen demonstrates that you probably don't understand Zen.

George - Never mind all the psychologizing about Bruno Bettelheim. Just make a movie that you love. We'll all be happier.

And why does he need to reinvent himself? (0)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350865)

Let's face it; he's richer than Monty Burns, and his products, while questionable these days, are not quite to the same level of toxicity. It may make us sad that his day has passed, but another dog will be along soon enough.

Heck, even Quentin Tarantino isn't as cutting-edge as he once was. And Martin Scorcese acting in the Shark Tale movie? That's hardly the Scorcese I know and love...

Maverik Filmmaker? (4, Interesting)

fm6 (162816) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350877)

No, Lucas was a film-school hack who's never made a really imaginative movie. His one claim to serious filmmaking was American Grafitti, which has some technical highpoints, but made no real attempt to tell a story. Then Joseph Campbell taught him how mine the mythological tradition -- which in practice came down to finding cool movies and ripping off their better scenes. The result was Star Wars, which I've always seen as the cinematic equivalent of a theme park ride. Which a lot of people seem to like -- but it's not an achievement that qualifies you as a "Maverik Filmmaker".

reinvent a good idea (3, Insightful)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350886)

Star Wars was/is a great idea, but the Empire Strikes Back was the best movie of the series in my opinion. It was directed by Irvin Kershner, screenplay written with Lawrence Kasdan and produced by Gary Kurtz, Lucas had a lot of creative help in making that film which turned out to be wonderful.
To reinvent oneself, you have to create yourself in the first place. Star Wars was a culmination of his story ideas with actors and movie techniques that have never been seen before. This is the key to its success.
Unfortunately, time and time again when directors/actors/musicians get older and have kids, their creativity is geared toward kid-friendly productions that their own kids can watch or sing along with them. This G-rated kid-friendly mindset sometimes kills creativity. He needs to get back to his 1970s mindset where he had to create something that has never been seen/done/heard of before - and not worry about what his audience thinks. (easier said than done) The upcoming 3D Star Wars is a start, but it is still cashing in on an old idea. Anyway, good luck George!

That's easy! (2, Funny)

Anita Coney (648748) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350887)

Howard the Duck II, Revenge of the Fowl

Re:That's easy! (2, Funny)

Spock the Baptist (455355) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350948)

More like Revenge of the Foul....

He still has a few years (1)

c0ldfusi0n (736058) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350888)

I mean, how many of his movies have not been digitally remasterized?

That oughta keep him busy for some time!

What lies ahead for George Lucas? (1)

Eminence (225397) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350894)

A nice, Star Wars themed funeral, possibly attended by thousands of fans dressed up as Darth Vaders, Obi Wan Kenobis and the like. Afterwards, a Star Wars themed grave or mausoleum to which aforementioned fans would organize pilgrimages.

Digitally Remaster Himself (3, Funny)

th1ckasabr1ck (752151) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350906)

He just needs to digitally remaster himself, that's the key to the future right there

Reinvent, eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12350933)

Slashdot story prediction for next year:

George Lucas plans on releasing a prequel to the popular, 70's classic, American Graffiti 2. In the new, THX-enhanced version, Jar Jar Binks plays the supporting role of a Jamacian pot smuggler.

Struggles?! (0)

Da VinMan (7669) | more than 9 years ago | (#12350940)

I think not. The only people struggling here are the ones coming to grips that Lucas doesn't owe them anything. He's got nothing left to prove. He doesn't have to care what anyone thinks. If he wants to spend the rest of his days commissioning high-end corporate campuses for his pet projects (a hobby of his), that's his prerogative.

My only "regret" about his career is that he's not going to make the last 3 movies in the series of original 9 books. I have confidence though, that if he thought they would be worth making, that he would have already done that.

Notice this quote from his interview: "I've earned the right to fail, which means making what I think are really great movies that no one wants to see."

And kudos to him. Hopefully, he can squeeze off some more masterpieces before that heart supporting that great furry frame of his gives out.
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