With both directors, it’s simply a case of not letting go.
For whatever reason, the once
avant-garde George Lucas stopped directing original movies after Star Wars,
opting instead to exploit the franchise through merchandise and countless
re-releases. He ultimately returned to directing in the 90s for the
long-awaited prequel trilogy, before going into semi-retirement yet again.
When looking at THX-1138 or
his early student work, it’s clear that Lucas is an interesting director with
some far-out ideas. Where the immense success of Star Wars should have given
him the freedom to flourish as a filmmaker, it instead gripped him in a
creative vice and never let go.
While Lucas’ case is far
more tragic, Scott’s growing obsession with serialisation rings similar bells.
Inexplicably hell-bent on directing endless entries to the Alien series, as
well as threatening a Blade Runner franchise and a shared universe between
the two, it’s unfortunate that he will have less time for other
ventures in the foreseeable future.
The prospect of franchising
also devalues them in a way. Words that we would once use to describe Lucas and Scott (innovative, unique, intriguing, good)
do not necessarily come to mind when we hear them hawking elaborate plans for
unnecessary sequels. This maybe the name of the game in Hollywood
these days, but in terms of potential, these two filmmakers are far above and