View Full Version : George Lucas retires

01-18-2012, 04:42 PM
George Lucas retires from the movie business.

I know he's taken a lot of criticism for the last 10-12 years and I think that was, in part, warranted.

But I wonder what the movies would be like if Star Wars had never been.

For example. There would be no Alien movies, not for that they are anything alike. The reason is that the studio wanted more space movies after the success of SW.

Other than that.

Where would special effects be?
The whole concept of CGI in movies was pushed by him and ILM.
ILM did groundbreaking work on land marks such as:
Jurassic Park
The Abyss
Back to the future
The Perfect Storm
Saving Private Ryan
Sleepy Hollow
and several other. Here's their website, if you want to know. http://www.ilm.com/

The same could be said of sound quality. Skywalker sound always pushed that issue to a new standard.

Not to mention the inspiration to a whole generation of filmmakers.

In several interviews there were filmmakers that said that the reason for them even starting in the business was in large extent because of the impression they got from watching Star Wars in an impressionable age. I know that both James Cameron and Peter Jackson have said this and I guess there are several others.

So again, I can't help but wonder how our movies would look like today and which movies would never have been made, without him and his legacy.

Please commment and share your thoughts on the subject.

Here's a link to the guardians article http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/jan/18/george-lucas-abandon-blockbusters-star-wars
I didn't have access to the NY times article, but you who do can check that as well.

Gilshalos Sedai
01-18-2012, 05:23 PM
He's not retiring. There's more merchandising to be made!

01-18-2012, 06:31 PM
Yeah...the Rolling Stones retired too.

Crispin's Crispian
01-18-2012, 06:41 PM
Michael Jordan retired three times. Then again, George Lucas is no Michael Jordan.

01-18-2012, 07:10 PM
12 years too late. He sure did some great early work, though...

01-19-2012, 03:42 AM
12 years too late. He sure did some great early work, though...

check #5 on this list: http://www.cracked.com/article_19576_6-pop-culture-visionaries-who-get-too-much-credit.html

EDIT: "Why would I make any more," Lucas says, "when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?"

I smell butthurt :p