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Lucas looks beyond the galaxy to World War II



Story by: Jack Foley

HOW do you follow a film series as culturally significant as Star Wars?

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, Indiana Jones.

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 [2005], 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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