Director George Lucas says that he "couldn't care less" if moviegoers don't like his last and final installment of the Star Wars franchise, ‘Revenge of the Sith'. He spoke last Thursday at the ShoWest convention at Paris/Las Vegas.
"In fact," Lucas went on, "I hate it myself. ‘Revenge of the Sith' is the biggest piece of crap I have ever done."
"It's so hard to be objective about your own work," said Lucas. "One morning I got out of bed, and grabbed one of the old screenplays and read it while having my oatmeal. ‘God! This stuff is really awful' I remember thinking. ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi'? Where in the hell did that come from?
"But I've kept quiet up until now because this whole thing, painful as it has been, has been quite lucrative, as you know. I learned early on that you have to play towards your audience-give ‘em what they want. They wanted crap and I've been rolling it out and rolling in it for nearly 30 years now. The filthy lucre anesthetized me."
Conventioneers sat in stunned silence as Lucas derided the picture, and the entire series. "That's the film that we've been counting on to jump-start the summer season," said Kerry Snowball, manager of the Cineplex 22 in Waco, Texas. "We still can maybe count on ‘Legally Blonde-Back to the Future' to save our asses. I just don't know." The theater business has been characterized as lackluster over the last 18 months. "Some of the movies that were supposed to be big just flopped," said Snowball. "We were left holding the proverbial bag of popcorn."
Prior to the beginning of Lucas' speech the majority of the chatter around the yearly convention for theater owners was just how many screens to dedicate to the film. "We had anticipated using up 12 of our 13 screens," said Emil Grandnez of the Loew's Odeon in Paris. "But after hearing Monsieur Lucas…we may cut back to say, 11 or 12."
Fans of the series are already gobbling up tents and other camping supplies in towns such as San Diego and Los Angeles. Grauman's Chinese Theatre is expecting hangers-on to start blocking the sidewalks and urinating around the back of the building as soon as April 16th. The movie is slated to open in Theaters on May 19th.