George Lucas wants to make “experimental” movies, not blockbusters anymore. The Star Wars and Indiana Jones creator told UK publication Empire Magazine that “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,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theatres.”
This retreat from Lucasfilm and possible blockbuster sequels like a fifth Indiana Jones flick follows on statements the filmmaker made earlier this year: In January, Lucas told the New York Times Magazine that “I’m retiring. I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.” At the time, the 68-year-old filmmaker, who started out with more experimental films like 1971’s THX 1138, was awaiting the release of Red Tails, his self-financed biopic of the WWII-era Tuskegee Airman. The movie, estimated to have cost about $58 million, has brought in around $50 million domestically since its January 20 opening. Starting with the release of Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977, Lucas’ Star Wars franchise is estimated to have made about $4.5 billion in box office, making it the third most successful movie series ever behind Harry Potter and the James Bond movies.