Rian Johnson Reacts to Calls to Remake The Last Jedi
There’s a growing movement to remake Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the Episode VIII director, Rian Johnson, seems to be on board with the idea.
Ok, not actually. But there is indeed a website proposing a complete remake of the divisive second installment in the saga’s most recent trilogy. Johnson has maintained a presence on Twitter for some time now, and when he came across ‘Remake The Last Jedi’s page, he gracefully handled the backlash his narrative received.
please please please please pleeeeeeeaaaase please actually happen please please please please please ?????????????????????????? https://t.co/mNpSjgovax
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 21, 2018
Rian Johnson’s response is obviously in good humor, but it’s unclear how much, if any, humor lies in the other side’s attempt to right what they saw as the wrong path for the story to go down. Comedian Seth Rogen also weighed in on the ambitious efforts of the movement, but he was more critical, identifying the holes in Remake The Last Jedi’s plot to fundraise and eventually produce the film.
Yo I’m very confused as to what your goal is here. You literally want to spend 200 million dollars remaking the last Jedi? And someone is giving you that money? I don’t get it.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 21, 2018
Further down the thread, Rogen notes the unprecedented nature of a studio like Disney wantonly giving IP rights to an angry fan base. Twitter user @DLDMcGee ended up providing a far more likely movie pitch in response to Rogen.
Seth, Make a movie about a bunch of nerds who try and find investors to reboot a less than one year old film they don’t own the rights to.
— DLDMcGee (@DLDMcGee) June 22, 2018
Chuck Wendig, a writer who has published novels in the Star Wars canon, also unleashed a slew of questions at the page that are definitely worth checking out. For the sake of the concerned fans’ wallets, we hope they don’t actually end up donating to the cause. Many of us enjoyed the original film, anyway.
I have questions pic.twitter.com/1vTBBGEzVq
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) June 21, 2018
It may be unlikely that The Last Jedi: The Remake ever gets further than pre-production, but in a way, it’s a reminder of how much people really care about these stories. Perhaps when Episode IX wraps things up in 2019, we’ll know if Johnson was truly the Chosen One to write The Last Jedi, as well as his future standalone Star Wars trilogy.
Featured Image: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. L to R: Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Director Rian Johnson..Photo: David James..©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.