George Lucas had some cranky – but not wrong – things to say about the difficulties of mainstream distribution on The Daily Show last night. He showed up to promote Red Tails, a film about black fliers during World War II that he produced and financed and, he says, had been trying unsuccessfully to get studios interested in for years. Stewart, speaking for most of us, was kind of incredulous – George Lucas can’t get something out there? – but Lucas, with some wit yet still in cranky-geezer mode, is worth hearing.
He also teased Star Wars fans, luring them to Red Tails by telling Stewart, “To be very honest with you, because normally I’m not, this is as close as you’ll ever get to Episode VII.”
Red Tails opens Jan 20th.