What do you do when going from being raised on a walnut ranch to launching some of the biggest movie franchises of all time spanning decades and then selling your film company for billions to Disney? Well, one might try making "little personal films" for one.
George Lucas ratcheted up headlines and a bit of shock and awe last week when the announcement came in he sold his Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion. He said that a recent film he executive produced had a tough time getting on the big screen and that his next pursuits will be even tougher.
"I barely got Red Tails into theaters," he is quoted saying on BBC while speaking to reporters in NYC. "The ones I'm working on now will never get into theaters."
Lucas will continue at the company he founded as a creative consultant, but overall control is going to Kathleen Kennedy who produced Jurassic Park and War Horse.
"I've turned it over to a wonderful producer, Kathy Kennedy, and I've known her for years," he said. "She's more than capable of taking it and making it better than I did."
He added, "It's very sad. It's 40 years of work and it's been my life, but I'm ready to move on to bigger and better things."