George Lucas gave the New York Times and interview to discuss his new movie, "Red Tails" and also stated he was retiring... Im retiring, Lucas said. Im moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.
This was a new feeling for George Lucas. He made a movie about a plucky band of freedom fighters who battle an evil empire a movie loaded with special effects like no one had seen before. Then he showed it to executives from all the Hollywood studios. And every one of them said, Nope.