Dear Mr. Lucas,
I just wanted to drop a short note to apologize for not rushing out to see Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith as soon as many others have. I hear that it's some of your finest work since Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. I think that's great, but I don't see myself making rushing out to the local multiplex to hang out with this guy any time soon:
A little less conversation and a little more action is precisely what I don't need from him right now.
Please don't take this personally. I just haven't been heavily interested in science fiction for the last few years. I haven't watched Enterprise since the first few episodes of the first season. I didn't see The Matrix Reloaded until it came to the IMAX screen about a month before The Matrix Revolutions premiered. I did catch many of this season's episodes of the new Battlestar Galactica series, but even that was often hit or miss. I pretty much missed the new Farscape mini-series when it came out last fall. I don't even try to follow Stargate SG-1 or its sequel anymore.
I've been wracking my brain to figure this out, but I haven't had much luck. I think part of it has to be that the science fiction hasn't posited much in the way of new ideas since the Cyberpunk novels of the 1980's and early 1990's. Theoretical physics also seems be anchoring us more and more within the boundaries of General and Special Relativity. This means that the speed of light isn't just a good idea, it's the law. So much for crossing the Universe to defeat evil with bizarre alien weapons and make love to green big breasted alien women, eh Mr. Lucas?
I can't resist asking one question before I go, Mr. Lucas. How many times over the last few years have you slapped your head, uttered a Homer-esque "D'oh!", and wished you'd signed a contract with Leonardo DiCaprio to play Anakin Skywalker? If you were looking for someone to sulk across the screen for the bulk of two films, I think you would have done far better with Mr. DiCaprio. He could at least swagger a little bit... though a young River Phoenix would probably have been even better.
Anyhow, I'm sure a few dollars will find their way from my pockets to yours sometime soon. Good luck with making "small" films... like that one about the Tuskegee Airmen. I'm sure that you and Mr. Coppola can meet for lunch in Marin County, California on a regular basis to discuss your latest "small" projects. At least you won't end up like Orson Welles and be in constant need of production capital.
Best of luck!
on 2005-06-02 at 3:43 p.m.
The Wayback Machine - To Infinity And Beyond