Saturday, May 18, 2024

Will George Lucas Eat $60Mil Plus on “Red Tails” This Weekend?


Let’s face it, George Lucas is loaded from “Star Wars,” Industrial Light and Magic, and all their subsidiaries. He’s financed “Red Tails” at $60 mil plus, which could mean  $80 mil since he’s paid for all the prints and promotion. Is it  a flush down the toilet? Could be. is predicting a $15 million weekend. The movie has a very low 38% 33% score on Not only that, the film has no word of mouth. Anyone who makes it alive or awake during a screening will not be recommending to friends. The film is interminable. An even worse showing for Lucas will be heart-wrenching; he is completely devoted to it, warts and all. This is admirable, because he knows how much it means to the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. But the stage seems set for a disaster. The only salivation might be in video games derived from the CGI airfights; that’s where the money will come back. And I guess the tax accountants can calculate a loss on whole. But oh what a missed opportunity. And I do think Lee Tergesen is in a tie for saying the least (nothing) in a movie with Michael Ontkean’s strange mime in “The Descendants.” Perhaps these were odes to silent film, “The Artist.”

PS George Lucas: I wish he’d return to the fun and passion of “American Graffiti.” His California has not changed so much. Maybe the music and clothes have changed, but the lonely wandering teen–in tough economic times–is a good story. George, phone home.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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