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George Lucas Stepping Behind the Camera Again

When word came out that the long-gestating George Lucas dream project Red Tails would require some reshoots and that director Anthony Hemingway would not be helming them, the rumormongers went wild with stories that Lucas was commandeering the film. According to Entertainment Weekly reporter Nicole Sperling, that isn't exactly true.
Says, "According to her report, the film DID need some reshoots (as films often do, it doesn't always mean the end of the world), but Hemingway already had prior commitments to direct episodes of David Simon's New Orleans-set HBO show Treme and wasn't available. So, Lucas and his producer Rick McCallum decided that Lucas himself would direct the reshoots, McCallum would oversee and Hemingway would get approval. This is probably why Lucasfilm called the initial report 'inaccurate' rather than flat out denying it was true."
No release date is set for this World War II drama about a team of African American pilot fighters. Assuming Lucas financed the film as he did the Star Wars series, it will be released when it's ready.
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i dunno if i buy it. i could see lucas taking over. this concept has been done lots of times before, hope this one is better.
superdog - 3/2/2010, 4:35 PM
I'm actually surprised that he let anyone else direct this at all. Lucas has been talking about this project for decades; it just seemed like one of those dream projects that would never get made. I'll be curious to see the results.
EdGross - 3/2/2010, 7:15 PM
im just afraid he might settle for too much special effects with large battle scenes. if he keeps it character driven ala american graffiti it should be good. but ever since he started ILM everything he has done has relied on too much "magic" and not enough character.
superdog - 3/3/2010, 6:53 AM

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