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George Lucas to retire, Kathleen Kennedy takes over LucasFilm

06.04.2012

After over 30 years of revolutionizing cinema, George Lucas is retiring from commercial film-making.

Lucas is quoted as saying "I'm moving away from the company, I'm moving away from all my businesses, I'm finishing all my obligations and I'm going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies. I've always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theatres."

While Lucas will remain co-chairman and CEO of LucasFilm, Kathleen Kennedy has been named as his co-chair and will oversee day to day operations of his STAR WARS empire.

As one of the richest men in the world, Lucas can afford to move away from STAR WARS and just have some fun. For as much as he is derided in the fan community for the changes he made to the Original Trilogy, much of what we consider blockbusters today would not exist if it were not for him.

Kathleen Kennedy has been a longtime friend to both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, having produced quite a few films including JURASSIC PARK, E.T., and the INDIANA JONES films.

What does this mean for the potential fifth INDIANA JONES movie? It remains unknown at this point. It could still happen without Lucas, which may mean we would get a chance to see Frank Darabont come back to the series.

Source: EmpireDeadline

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4:10AM on 06/05/2012

Good news.

Stephen and Harrison must be excited!
Stephen and Harrison must be excited!
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10:55PM on 06/04/2012
As the article states, he's still co-chairman and CEO, which would mean I'd seriously doubt he would let decisions like making new movies without him or rereleasing an untouched original trilogy pass. Sadly, that sort of thing might happen after he's passed.
As the article states, he's still co-chairman and CEO, which would mean I'd seriously doubt he would let decisions like making new movies without him or rereleasing an untouched original trilogy pass. Sadly, that sort of thing might happen after he's passed.
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10:53PM on 06/04/2012

Fair-thee-well

I will watch THX1138 tomorrow out of respect.

Well, come to think of it, this week I'm watching Alien & Aliens and then going to see Prometheus - but next week for sure.
I will watch THX1138 tomorrow out of respect.

Well, come to think of it, this week I'm watching Alien & Aliens and then going to see Prometheus - but next week for sure.
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9:01PM on 06/04/2012
[link] let this mean that there'll be a fifth and final Indiana Jones film!! I have nothing - repeat, NOTHING - against the fourth one, but just for the sake of wrapping everything up nicely...just...c'mon!!
[link] let this mean that there'll be a fifth and final Indiana Jones film!! I have nothing - repeat, NOTHING - against the fourth one, but just for the sake of wrapping everything up nicely...just...c'mon!!
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7:42PM on 06/04/2012

one step

closer. i estimate in about 15-20 years the star wars rights will be in someone elses hands and they will then be made into a new franchise that is darker and what we've always wanted since empire strikes back
closer. i estimate in about 15-20 years the star wars rights will be in someone elses hands and they will then be made into a new franchise that is darker and what we've always wanted since empire strikes back
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7:10PM on 06/04/2012
I have a feeling his hobby movies will creep into DVD racks......
I have a feeling his hobby movies will creep into DVD racks......
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10:49PM on 06/04/2012
I think that's kind of the point.
I think that's kind of the point.
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6:58PM on 06/04/2012
Good for him. I'm curious what those "hobby movies" might look like. I'm sorry he didn't produce more variety in his long career. The man gave a lot of people some amazing memories. I try to remember the good times and pretend the bad times never happened.
Good for him. I'm curious what those "hobby movies" might look like. I'm sorry he didn't produce more variety in his long career. The man gave a lot of people some amazing memories. I try to remember the good times and pretend the bad times never happened.
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6:09PM on 06/04/2012
Bittersweet, but long overdue
Bittersweet, but long overdue
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6:06PM on 06/04/2012
Can a brotha get a movie in The Old Republic time line? Thanks.
Can a brotha get a movie in The Old Republic time line? Thanks.
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5:36PM on 06/04/2012
Finally.

Give me a Darth Maul or Boba Fett solo movie now!
Finally.

Give me a Darth Maul or Boba Fett solo movie now!
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5:25PM on 06/04/2012
About twenty years too late.
About twenty years too late.
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5:08PM on 06/04/2012
Did he mistake "mouse and keyboard" for "saw and hammer"?
Did he mistake "mouse and keyboard" for "saw and hammer"?
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4:58PM on 06/04/2012
So does this mean there's a greater possibility they'll finally allow others to make Star Wars' movies?
So does this mean there's a greater possibility they'll finally allow others to make Star Wars' movies?
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