Uh-oh! George Lucas is directing again! According to FirstShowing, Lucas is so unhappy with the footage produced thus far on Red Tails — a Tuskegee Airmen drama starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. that George is executive producing — that he’s going to shove The Wire vet Anthony Hemingway out of the director’s chair and handle the damn reshoots his damn self. (There are also major rewrites planned to Three Kings’ John Ridley’s script). Which is funny for more than just the spectacle of general, everyday incompetence — seeing as Lucas has been kicking the concept for Red Tails around since 1989, you’d think by now, with the movie technically in postproduction, he’d have his house in order. Also amusing is the idea that putting Lucas (whose directorial résumé includes all the crappy Star Wars movies but not the two great ones) in charge of the reshoots will save the day. Here’s the only thing we really care about: Will this pull him away from his CGI fairy musical?
Update: A representative for Lucasfilms writes in to say “the story that is circulating about production on Red Tails is completely inaccurate. George Lucas and Rick McCallum are very pleased with the work Anthony Hemingway did directing the film and additional shooting that is scheduled to take place was built into production before it began, as it is on all our films.”
Exclusive: George Lucas Directing Drastic Red Tails Reshoots [FirstShowing]