George Lucas: 'I'm Retiring'

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At the age of 67, George Lucas, the legendary filmmaker behind the iconic Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises says he's ready to call it quits with Hollywood movie making.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Lucas expressed his distaste for the business of producing modern pictures, telling the newspaper that Red Tails (opening Jan. 20) will be his final big-budget film, unless he has the opportunity to continue the Indiana Jones franchise.

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"I'm moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff," Lucas said. "I'm retiring."

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Lucas financed the World War II film on his own after failing to find studio support, and goes on the record to say that he will pursue small passion projects for the remainder of his career. 

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His future endeavors will be "small in scope, esoteric in subject and screened mostly in art houses," says the NY Times.

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Red Tails, directed by Anthony Hemingway, tells the incredible true tale of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II-- the first-ever black fighter pilots in the U.S. armed forces.Terrence Howard, George Lucas, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ne-Yo star.