Hey folks, Harry here with Zlatan and his translation o fthe Aftonbladet Swedish translated interview with George Lucas where he really rails into Hollywood. Is anyone besides me dying to see what type of film Lucas makes after STAR WARS is done. I'm very curious what that wiley bird ruffles together. Here ya go...
First time writer, I have been following your site for a couple of years. I found this in a Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet (the biggest Swedish daily tabloid) on website CLICK HERE.
It's an interview with George Lucas and the reporter claims to have done it in Skywalker ranch. I am not sure really how reliable the Swedish press are on these things, I think it might have been something that he is bringing together from different sources (and it might be nothing new whatsoever). I have made a rough translation of the interesting parts, i.e. Lucas's quotes and not anything on the descriptions of Skywalker ranch. It is not the most exciting scoop in the world, but quite interesting anyway. If the grammar is bad or it is incomprehensible is because it is English translated into Swedish and then back to English.
Call me Zlatan.
The premise of the article is: "1. Lucas hates Hollywood. 2. He doesn't want to do any more Star Wars." Lucas's quotes are attributed with GL, and the reporters questions are in CAPS.
GL: The kind of films I have done aren't the kind of films I want to do. It is an odd little thing in life.
- 'ODD LITTLE THING'? SOUNDS BIGGER THAN THAT.
GL: The Star Wars universe is at least bizarre enough for me to be able to do some weird stuff there without anyone noticing.
-YOU HAVE ALWAYS BASED YOURSELF FAR AWAY FROM LA?
GL: It is always annoying for filmmakers in San Francisco to be bunched together with Hollywood. Because we're a lot different. We've always disliked LA. It is a very tense relationship.
- WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
GL: Our films are a lot better, hahaha. We are more personal. More engaged. It might look like Hollywood to you, but we are not Hollywood in anyway. They get to distribute the finalized movies. That's all.
- DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO FINALIZE THE STAR WARS SERIES, OR HAS IT BECOME A BURDEN?
GL: I like doing it. The burden is I guess that I want to do other things, and that I have become trapped in a certain style and genre. I can't break free from it. I like the Star Wars universe, but there are so many other things I'd like to do.
There will be more avant garde stuff. Star Wars is as far away from me as a person that you'd ever get.
- BUT WHAT WOULD A PERSONAL GEORGE LUCAS FILM LOOK LIKE? GIVE EXAMPLES OF SOME OTHER FILMS THAT YOU WISH YOU'D MADE?
GL: They are only inside my head. They are ideas I have been carrying around for 30 years.
GL: I really wanted to watch a movie like Raiders of the Lost Ark. But I didn't want to make it. So I asked Spielberg and those kinds of movies are the ones he wants to direct.
- YOU'RE ABOUT TO START THE NEW INDIANA JONES FILM, RIGHT?
GL: All I have to do with Indy is to come up with the story and pick the screenwriter. I have come up with a storyline that both Steven and Harrison like, so now I am just going to get a screenwriter going and that'd be the end of my contribution.
[From the article, not a direct or indirect quote: Spielberg and Ford are waiting for Frank Darabont to write the screenplay]
GL: I am writing on an Episode III and an Episode IV of two different series. The third Star Wars and the fourth Indiana Jones.
[From the article, not a direct or indirect quote: Both are due in cinemas in 2005]
- LOTR BECAME A GREAT SUCCESS THAT SET THE MARK FOR ACTION/ADVENTURE FILMS AND SPECIAL EFFECTS. HOW DO YOU LIKE IT?
GL: I love LOTR. I think Peter Jackson did a great job in transforming the book to the screen. He really cares about the story. It is also very non-Hollywood. Peter Jackson used to come over to visit us in Australia while we were shooting Star Wars.
GL: That's the secret behind making movies. Go as far away from Hollywood as possible.