Formula one returned to the USA on the weekend where **Spoiler Alert** Lewis Hamilton who appeared in Pixar's Cars 2 won the race. Also at the grand prix was the world's latest multi billionaire George Lucas. The Lotus team were sponsored by the Angry Birds team and sported the Star Wars Angry Birds logo on the nose of the car. The Star Wars cars finished sixth and Seventh. Just for the record I watched the grand prix and the folks at Austin Texas should be really proud. The venue looked amazing and turned out to be one of the best grand prix of the season.
HollywoodLife asked Hollywood power players JJ Abrams and Jon Favreau if they were interested in directingStar Wars: Episode VII.
Abrams, a hugeStar Warsfan, stated: "I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn't have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!"
Favreau was also asked and had this to say: "I think both J.J. and I come from a generation of people who formed our whole creative persona around what we experienced as kids from watching those films, and I have had the good fortune of working with George [Lucas] and around George, and whether it is doing a voice on Clone Wars, or being at the Skywalke…
We caught up with the director on Thursday night at the premiere of his latest film, “Lincoln,” where we asked the longtime friend and collaborator of George Lucas about the possibility of directing the upcoming “Episode 7.”
“No! No!” Steven said.
According to the Hollywood icon, lightsabers, stormtroopers and Wookiees will be somebody else’s responsibility.
“It’s not my genre,” the director explained. “It’s my best friend George’s genre.”
This will be a disappointment to Forcecast.net where in last weeks podcast predicted that Spielberg will direct episode 7. I was so hoping this would be true but its looking unlikely after this reaction.
There is some debate whether George Lucas always intended more Star Wars movies. I've posted this before but thought it was worth posting again with the recent news of more movies thanks to Disney. This is a 1979 promotional video for retailers and it predicts 12 more Star Wars movies from George Lucas. That's 13 in total including A New Hope. I wonder if Disney have this in mind?
Its not every day that someone gets $4billion and then decided to give the majority of it away and for a good cause too. Education. According to the Hollywood Reporter "Lucas plans to quickly put the bulk of the money into a foundation which will primarily focus on educational issues, a spokesperson for Lucasfilm tells THR."
Its more than likely that Lucas will donate the money to Edutopia which he is also chairman of. The Foundation was the vehicle Lucas used to make a $175 million donation to his alma mater USC in 2006. He has also given to many other causes over the years including the Film Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company,” Lucas said in a statement Wednesday. “As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.”