George Lucas Sees 'Red Tails' Sequels
The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American WWII pilots, is coming to the big screen this month on January 20, courtesy of George Lucas. If Red Tails does well at the box office, Lucas told guests at a dinner that it is not inconceivable for sequels to be made because there are more stories to tell about these pilots.
Don't expect Lucas to be involved in the sequels though. When asked if he'll "oversee" the sequels, he answered no.
That's not such a bad thing, really. Lucas is better as a producer and as an ideas guy anyway. The fact that he didn't direct Red Tails himself, a movie he poured either $58 million or $93 million of his own money in, speaks volume about the respect he has for the material (he did do the reshoots though). And Lucas is a busy guy. He has company to run and lots of projects in development like Indiana Jones 5.
Nearing the age of 70, the window to see another movie directed by him is getting smaller though. It's not a matter of can he, but will he. Does he still have it in him to spend years working on just one movie?
If he does make a movie in the future, don't expect it to entertain you. He said having finished up Star Wars, he will now only make movies for himself and not "have to worry about entertaining people." One can make the argument that he was already doing that with the Star Wars prequels.
Red Tails is directed by Anthony Hemingway and stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and Ne-Yo. As mentioned above, the movie will be out in theaters on January 20, 2012.