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McCallum leaves Lucasfilm plus George Lucas on his personal involvement in future Star Wars movies

December 4th, 2012 by Marc Comments

With Star Wars now being owned by Disney, it seems to be all change at Skywalker Ranch… has confirmed the departure of long-time producer Rick McCallum from Lucasfilm. McCallum is best known as the producer on the Star Wars Prequel movies. While the prequels have us all split down the middle here at FTN, we wish Rick the very best in whatever he does next and, as Palpatine said, we’ll watch him with great interest…

From the official statement:
As Lucasfilm embarks on a new future filled with more Star Wars movies, Rick McCallum, one of the key talents responsible for the past 20 years of Lucasfilm productions, has embarked on an exciting future filled with his own films. Coming from a background of independent film production, McCallum is readying films that bring him back to his roots, but now with the wealth of experience that comes from his two decades of collaboration with George Lucas.

“Rick is a close friend as well as an extremely talented producer. No matter how impossible I made the task, Rick was able to overcome the challenges,” says George Lucas. “In addition to putting together great crews and working miracles with the budget, he was instrumental in helping push filmmaking into the 21st century. He has a larger-than-life personality and made this amazing 20-year journey with him a fun one.”

In other Star Wars news, George Lucas was attending the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ 4th Annual Governors Awards and chats with Access Hollywood about selling Lucasfilm. He is asked how involved he’ll be in the new movies and if he reckons Spielberg will ever direct one:

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….