Story by: Jack Foley
HOW do you follow a film series as culturally significant as
For George Lucas, it would appear that the task is easy. For
his next projects, the talented director will be looking back
at World War Two, as well as catching up with another old favourite,
First up, however, is Red Tails, a movie about African-American
fighter pilots during World War Two.
"They're sometimes referred to as the Tuskegee Airmen because
that's where they trained, in Tuskegee.
"They were the only fighter unit during World War II that
never lost a bomber, because they were escort fighters. So they
were the best.
"It obviously involves racial issues but mostly it's about
a bunch of guys who wanted to become fighter pilots. And it's
a flying movie.
"They went up against Messerchmits, the new jets, and it's
really an exciting story, because they're all 20-years-old, most
of them are college educated.
"They went on to become the sort of captains of industry
in the United States, and it's a pretty inspiring story. I've
been working on it for about 15 years and now I'm just going to
focus on it along with the next Indiana Jones."
Star Wars on DVD
Fans fearing an end to George Lucas' involvement in the Star
Wars saga had better think again, for advances in technology will
ensure that the director is kept busy ensuring that the saga remains
at the cutting edge of the film medium.
Revenge of the Sith will be out on DVD before Christmas this
year , but fans anticipating a box set of all six films
might have to wait a little longer.
While the prospect of seeing numerous Star Wars DVD releases
over the coming years is something Lucas refused to rule out.
"A lot of it depends on the medium. You have to remember
that when Star Wars came out there wasn't even VHS, there wasn't
anything, it was a whole different world.
"So we are releasing Episode III at Christmas, but when
the six-pack comes out I'm not sure.
"We may wait until it gets in high-definition and we can
release it as a six-pack in high-def, that's been discussed.
"But it's hard to know what the next level is. Eventually
it's all going to go online, there's no question about that.
"And I've seen a 3D process that's quite amazing - it really
makes Star Wars look good.
"It's a three dimensionalisation of the film, but it's not
like a 3D movie where things are poked in your eye and everything,
but a different way of looking at the movie.
"I've never been a big fan of 3D but in this process I've
become quite a convert. So if we can get digital theatres, because
it needs them in order to work, we will probably re-issues all
of the movies in theatres, in 3D, because it's such a cool process."
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