Thursday, December 27, 2012

Longtime Lucasfilm Producer Rick McCallum Embarks on Independent Film Projects

Rick McCallum by the ramp of Queen Amidala's royal starship at Leavesden Studios during the filming of Episode I. From StarWars.com
During the initial reports of Disney purchasing Lucasfilm that Rick McCallum, one of the key talents responsible for the past 20 years of Lucasfilm productions, retired. It was news that most of the Star Wars fan community did not hear about. Recently StarWars.com reports that McCallum returned to his roots working on several independent films.

McCallum's professional association with Lucas began with The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992) and Radioland Murders (1994), and continued through the Special Edition release of the Star Wars Trilogy (1997), the prequel trilogy (Episodes I, II, and III, 1999-2005), and most recently Red Tails (2012).

To the fans...
"Thank you for being so welcoming, supportive, and so good to me," says McCallum to Star Wars fans everywhere. "You all made it the most worthwhile and amazing experience. I have nothing but the biggest faith and trust that where Kathleen is going to take Star Wars will be a bold, exciting, and daring future that will be worthy of all your incredible passion and loyalty for all these years. It will be awesome."

Lucas' take...
"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."

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