George Lucas declares his retirement from major filmmaking

If George Lucas is to believed, his detractors might not have to worry about another round of films as dismal as the new “Star Wars” entries.

Lucas has told Empire Magazine this month that he is retiring from major filmmaking to concentrate on “hobby” projects. Lucas, in addition to being the creator of “Star Wars,” is the founder of Lucasfilm, a special effects and film production company.

“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,” the billionaire filmmaker told the magazine.

The assertion isn’t exactly brand new, as Lucas had expressed intentions to shift gears in a January New York Times profile. But Lucas has publicly discussed a desire to make smaller films over the years, though movies such as the 2008 “Indiana Jones” sequel and this year’s Tuskegee Airmen film “Red Tails” were far from the sort of modest personal project along the lines of a film like Lucas’ own “American Graffiti”. But after expressing disappointment at the way his work over the past decade has been received, he seems dejected by the process of getting a huge film to screens across the world.

“I’ve always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theaters,” Lucas said. Hopefully, if this comes to pass, Lucas could experiment on remembering how to tell a good story, something that could have come in handy for the “Star Wars” prequels.