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George Lucas to personally rewrite and reshoot massive sections of Red Tails

02.17.2010

There aren't that many projects with a tight a lid on them as RED TAILS, the George Lucas-produced tale of the Tuskagee Airmen. Though nearly the entire film has been shot already, we haven't seen a picture or a video clip from the set, and there might be a good reason for that.

Apparently Lucas is pretty pissed with TV director Anthony Hemingway’s work on the project, and FirstShowing has inside info that Lucas is planning massive rewrites and reshoots of the film, which will completely change large sections of the project including the main characters and their storylines. From the source:

Principal photography wrapped in November last year with Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Bryan Cranston starring in a fictional story of the historic and heroic exploits of America's first all black aerial combat unit in WWII. While the film is supposed to be in post-production right now, instead, Lucas' producing partner Rick McCallum is said to be pouring over dailies right now, trying to salvage whatever footage they can from Hemingway's work in order to figure out exactly how much will need to be re-shot. Combine that massive undertaking with an attempt to keep from going over budget if at all possible (even though this is a Lucasfilm project), and McCallum should be feeling quite a bit of stress about this project.

If you thought a post-STAR WARS Lucas might be a bit more mellow than he was before, you would seem to be incorrect. Though to be fair, if I had been working on a project for twenty years, I wouldn’t want anyone messing it up either. But if I DID want this much control over the final product, maybe I just should have directed the damn thing myself in the first place...

What do you think, is RED TAILS doomed, or will it pull out of its tailspin and surprise us all?

Extra Tidbit: From all the behind the scenes videos I've ever seen of him, the man does not seem like a joy to work with.
Source: First Showing

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1:28AM on 02/19/2010
Well, now we can expect to see some aliens, and a genetic encoding that allowed them to be such amazing pilots, awesome!
Well, now we can expect to see some aliens, and a genetic encoding that allowed them to be such amazing pilots, awesome!
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1:43AM on 02/18/2010

Lucas...

He's a frustrated producer who wants to desperately be a director (even though he's really only directed one good film), he hit it out the park with the original Star Wars but he really shone with the rest of the original SW trilogy and the other Indy films by taking the producer role and letting more talented filmmakers create the product. His megalomania and position of power has allowed this to happen and in the end will probably harm the film. But to be honest I've never heard of Anthony
He's a frustrated producer who wants to desperately be a director (even though he's really only directed one good film), he hit it out the park with the original Star Wars but he really shone with the rest of the original SW trilogy and the other Indy films by taking the producer role and letting more talented filmmakers create the product. His megalomania and position of power has allowed this to happen and in the end will probably harm the film. But to be honest I've never heard of Anthony Hemingway so it could just be making it a different kind of bad.
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1:23AM on 02/19/2010
To be fair though, now we'll never know if Hemingway is good or bad, because Lucas is fucking shit up.
To be fair though, now we'll never know if Hemingway is good or bad, because Lucas is fucking shit up.
12:48AM on 02/18/2010
Does this mean the Lucas currently walking the Earth is a clone, if the Lucas in the pic above is frozen in carbonite?

Heh, heh, heh....

Seriously, though. I'm looking forward to this project, but I would probably feel more positive if someone like Martin Scorsese was helming it. (Although, I guess we'll see when it hits the theaters).
Does this mean the Lucas currently walking the Earth is a clone, if the Lucas in the pic above is frozen in carbonite?

Heh, heh, heh....

Seriously, though. I'm looking forward to this project, but I would probably feel more positive if someone like Martin Scorsese was helming it. (Although, I guess we'll see when it hits the theaters).
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11:34PM on 02/17/2010
I actually was in prague when this was being made and had a tiny speaking part in it but didnt get to shoot my scenes because of heavy delays (still got paid tho) I remember people on set were talking and saying that terrence howard was pretty much a huge dick and was the reason for a lot of delays, plus while i was on set it took them an entire 12 hour day to shoot a couple shots of 2 unimportant bomber pilots...
I actually was in prague when this was being made and had a tiny speaking part in it but didnt get to shoot my scenes because of heavy delays (still got paid tho) I remember people on set were talking and saying that terrence howard was pretty much a huge dick and was the reason for a lot of delays, plus while i was on set it took them an entire 12 hour day to shoot a couple shots of 2 unimportant bomber pilots...
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11:10PM on 02/17/2010

Looks like Howard The Duck SE

I might love all things WWII and this is a great true story, (whats not to like about ILM P-51's ripping up the sky? Most likely it came in looking like a Lifetime movie drama wise and the usual cheap racecard without depth. You have to like the main's or you have butkis.
I might love all things WWII and this is a great true story, (whats not to like about ILM P-51's ripping up the sky? Most likely it came in looking like a Lifetime movie drama wise and the usual cheap racecard without depth. You have to like the main's or you have butkis.
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9:07PM on 02/17/2010

The Emporer has no clothes

It's like Uwe Boll doing a reshoot of an Albert Pyun film. WTFDSWTFF - What the fuck, dude, seriously, what the fuckin fuck.
It's like Uwe Boll doing a reshoot of an Albert Pyun film. WTFDSWTFF - What the fuck, dude, seriously, what the fuckin fuck.
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4:21PM on 02/17/2010
One would think that producers would have caught on to this during, oh, i don't know, principal photography and not three months AFTER shooting wrapped? Not a good sign from any parties involved.
One would think that producers would have caught on to this during, oh, i don't know, principal photography and not three months AFTER shooting wrapped? Not a good sign from any parties involved.
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3:26PM on 02/17/2010

fucking Lucas...

i'd rather just see the Tuskegee Airmen movie with Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding jr, Andre Baugher and Mekhi Phifer.
i'd rather just see the Tuskegee Airmen movie with Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding jr, Andre Baugher and Mekhi Phifer.
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3:25PM on 02/17/2010
george: "needs more clones."
george: "needs more clones."
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2:50PM on 02/17/2010

So this is officially directed by George Lucas now?

Sweet. You know somebody had to have done a bad job when George Lucas has to redo your work.
Sweet. You know somebody had to have done a bad job when George Lucas has to redo your work.
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1:26AM on 02/19/2010
You seem to misunderstand. His messing with this isn't a sign of how bad Anthony Hemingway's work may or may not have been. It's a sign of an egotistical, arrogant asshole who has no love for the medium he has chosen to make a living off of, and needs to control every aspect of every production he's attached to- the "interdimensional beings" from Crystal Skull, all him. All of the prequels, all him. He needs to be stopped.
You seem to misunderstand. His messing with this isn't a sign of how bad Anthony Hemingway's work may or may not have been. It's a sign of an egotistical, arrogant asshole who has no love for the medium he has chosen to make a living off of, and needs to control every aspect of every production he's attached to- the "interdimensional beings" from Crystal Skull, all him. All of the prequels, all him. He needs to be stopped.
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2:42PM on 02/17/2010

red tails?

what is this crap? either way, i'll pass
what is this crap? either way, i'll pass
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2:01PM on 02/17/2010
Yeah if Lucas doesn't approve of something it usually means he's about to destroy something with real potential to be good. He's become the genital wart of any film he works on.
Yeah if Lucas doesn't approve of something it usually means he's about to destroy something with real potential to be good. He's become the genital wart of any film he works on.
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1:48PM on 02/17/2010

Hard to tell

It's really hard to tell nowadays with GL. I love Star Wars but George isn't someone i expect great things from anymore. Hope I'm wrong.
It's really hard to tell nowadays with GL. I love Star Wars but George isn't someone i expect great things from anymore. Hope I'm wrong.
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