questionsanyone else bummed that george lucas is finally…

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Will he promise to stop screwing with the old ones, too? What good work has he done in the last 30 years? Clone Wars was good, but I don't know how much Lucas had to do with that. I can't think of a thing.

The sad portion is that Episodes I - III were an opportunity wasted. I remember how excited I was at the first teaser trailer. Then how dissappointed and pissed off I was at the actual film. Add to that the "improvements" on episodes IV-VI and I'm not at all sorry he is hanging things up.

And always remember, HAN SHOT FIRST.

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Interesting thoughts... My first reaction is that, given the success or lack thereof of his more recent movies, maybe he's realizing that he doesn't have everything he used to and wants to get out before he ruins his reputation with even more stinkers. Kind of like an MVP-type athlete who retires while still in his prime (a la Barry Sanders).

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Well, at least we won't have to worry about releasing another Jar Jar or tribe of Ewoks on us again. But then again, he's not too old to come out of retirement. (How many times did Michael Jordan retire?)

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Not even remotely disappointed. A large part of me wishes he had thrown in the towel sooner so I wouldn't have had to explain the difference between the "real" Star Wars and the point where it became an old man trying to re-live his glory with some painful to fans ego stoking to my son.

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Not at all. His most recent movies haven't been all that great. Indy Jones was a long time ago :-) And, so was the last good Star Wars movie. So, I guess I can't think of anything in recent memory from him that I'd miss, so I don't think I'll miss him.

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@elandria: Yeah good point. But then we would have never had Darth Maul.

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@kmeltzer: Okay so I concede that his later films are not at the top of my list but, have you considered the quality of programming that he is putting out in the Clone Wars series? I mean it's a weekly 22 minute CGI animated series that looks closer to movie animation than it does to South Park.

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@wilfbrim: Lucas was really involved with Clone Wars at the outset. Down to the tiniest details including plot, imagery, and storyline.He has become more comfortable with director Dave FIloni over the four seasons and I believe he now gives him a little more license these days. But I think he is still intimately involved with the show.

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@woadwarrior: Good points as well...and bonus points for another sports analogy!

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I just hope he has enough saved up for retirement.

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Sounds like everyone here would enjoy the documentary "The People vs. George Lucas" check it out on Netflix, I really enjoyed it.

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@wnyx585am: George Lucas has an estimated net worth of $3.2 billion as of 2011. Not to mention the continuous spring of royalties that continue to roll in every day. At 67-years-old I don't think he needs to make anymore money.

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i was irritated when he made greedo shoot first. i was disappointed and angry when he released the 3 prequels. with the exception of yoda fighting, and darth maul, those movies were and embarrassment to star wars fans everywhere. then after he did Crystsal Skull, i realized that Lucas has drained all of his creative juices. it makes me sad that someone who could come up with movies as amazing and ground breaking as the original SW and Indiana trilogies, has sunk to making the dregs of hollywood cinema. Shame on you George Lucas, you should have hung up your towel decades ago.

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@jimmyd103: Of course he doesn't need more money. That doesn't stop Warren Buffet from going to work everyday. It also doesn't stop Keanu Reeves from making movies.

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I just saw Red Tails this weekend. I wanted to love it, and had wanted to see it in the theater but couldn't. I was really disappointed in the lack of character development and in the writing, though the special effects were awesome.

I think he stopped trying a while ago, and while it saddens me (and I still love the original 3 Star Wars and all the Indy movies), it's good for him to stop before we just get movies that are all JarJar Binks characters

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George Lucas got fabulously rich and famous a long time ago but has continued to try to make more money and increase his fame by producing new stuff or rehashing old stuff. People like that don't retire. I assume he is just out of ideas at the moment, so scaling back seems like a decent choice. Once he has what he feels is another good idea, we'll see him back in action (good or bad).

To clarify, I am not opposed to the rich and famous getting richer and more famous. My point is only to illustrate that people have a tendency to want to keep making money and keep being famous. Look at all the movie stars that get wealthy and then continue to make dumb movies only for the sake of making money and being in the spotlight.

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@jimmyd103: I'll give you that point. But, it doesn't make me "bummed" :-)

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I haven't read anything about it but unless he's got some serious illness or something, I'll believe it when I see it.

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Isn't the root of the problem that he left the director's guild so he can only produce films independently now? If my memory is right, he was fined because he refused to put the names of the main actors in the beginning of the movie. Nobody will hire him to direct a movie now that he's not in the guild.

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I think it is the right thing for him to do. He has made his money and now has some time to enjoy it.

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I like George Lucas and am a fan of not only his movies, but the Star Wars books that have been inspired by the movies. I know he has a hand in creating the "universe" and story lines in the books. I loved the Young Jedi series. I hope he does continue to make movies as I see some of the books as having movie potential.

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although, to give credit where credit is due, the clone wars series is very very good. i don't watch it, but i've seen it a few times and will concede that its very well done. also, i don't play the games, but they seem to be very popular and well done.

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No, he needs to retire before he ruins something else. I see him now and I ask myself....."Is that Kenny Rogers!?!?".

George Lucas seems to want every movie he is involved with to re-create the "wonder he experienced as a boy" watching Flash Gordon serials and Sinbad movies on the big screen. groan

You can't just make "Indiana Jones in Space!" movies, slap the Star Wars label on them, make the dialogue stinted, the acting wooden and then throw up 2 hours of digitally created fireworks. Silly heroes, comical villians....Maybe in 1953 this worked amazingly well on 10 year olds.....but today we want things a tad deeper. The first two Star Wars films were plenty "serious"...then it all went to hell :(

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@wootalistic: I think you just made the point for us. Lucas set the very basic universe. The novels (which range from kind of meh to spectacular, with the average being pretty good) he had little to nothing to do with. In hindsight it would have been better off for him to give only the barest outline of a story to somebody competent and let them do it.

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NO.

The main reason he produced anything of worth was because he had other people around to tell him, "No George, that's dumb." He got too big to take criticism and got to thinking he had some sort of Midas touch for movies.

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Not totally bummed because I think his best work is far behind him. Maybe there are too many cooks in the kitchen? He may just need more control of the project at hand. Guess we'll never know.