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Over Thinking: Who Will Lead us Back to a Galaxy Far Far Away?   5 comments

Edit: J.J. Abrams has changed his mind and taken the job! Such madness! – Jan.25 2013

Earlier this week a rumor hit the internet, and was quickly quashed, that Zack Snyder had been tapped to kick off the new Star Wars franchise with a stand alone adaptation of The Sven Samurai.  It was the first time that I was really excited for the new series and because it sounded like a good idea I knew that it had to be false.

$10 says this gets made into at least TV special... Which I would certainly watch...

$10 says this gets made into TV special at the very least… Which I would certainly watch.

Snyder isn’t one of my favorite directors, so I’m not too broken up that this rumor turned out to be a sci-fi fantasy (play on words!).  In recent weeks both J.J. Abrams and Guillermo del Toro  turned down the chance to take control of the new series.  For me, a long time Star Wars fan and new time fan of Abrams and del Toro, this news is heart breaking.

Abrams is quoted as saying “because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things…  I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”

Del Toro said “I think the fans deserve somebody that is just going to immerse themselves completely. As a geek, I would have loved to see Brad Bird take it.”

Months ago Brad Bird was also on Disney’s supposed  short list of pf directors for the project.  Bird, who’s directorial accomplishments include The Iron Giant, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Do the Bartman, told fans via twitter that he would be busy working on 1952, starring George Clooney, and that “I will be first in line to see the new Star Wars.

Is anyone else getting the impression that Star Wars an awkward teen getting turned down for the prom?

“You’re such a nice guy, Star Wars.  You deserve someone that will really care about you…”

I feel your pain, Darth. I feel your pain.

So if they are all such big fans of Star Wars, why don’t any of them want the project?

For J.J. Abrams, I’m going to abandon my prom metaphor and go with a soft drink metaphor.  Sci-Fi has a Coke and a Pepsi.  And J.J. Abrams has a three picture deal with Pepsi.  Disney knew that when they asked him and had itself a little Crow T. Robot moment.

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Two thumbs up to anyone who gets this reference.

I’m not saying I don’t see the logic behind asking him, Star Trek was an dying franchise (or even a dead one) when Abrams took it over.  2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis was a commercial and critical bomb, the worst performing of any Star Trek film.  Then Abrams came along and this happened:

I still get chills when I watch that.

But what I am saying they should have known that he was going to say no.  And, as more and more qualified directors turn the project down, the less faith the fans, as well as anyone who is paying attention, are going to have in the project.  A project that was already destined to be one of the most heavily scrutinized projects in film making history.

This leads me to my first theory as to why no one has jumped on this project yet, because…:

No one wants to be the next George Lucas

lucas and Mickey

Star Wars was the pedestal that George Lucas fell off of.  And when he fell he fell hard. So hard that he ruined his credibility as a filmmaker and he ultimately walked away from the industry.  And all because the Star Wars prequels did not live up to the expectations people had for them.  And they’re not even bad movies!  I won’t go so far as to call them great, but they’re at very least good.  Better than most sci-fi epics.  But the expectation was so impossibly high that no movie could have possibly lived up to them.  George took the blame and the full unfiltered wrath of the internet.

So George walked away.  He sold his baby to a cartoon mouse and left it all behind him.

Well, to the tune of $4.05 Billion, so its not like he needs to be too sad about the whole thing.

If Star Trek Into Darkness ends up a mediocre entry into the series J.J. Abrams will be able to try again in two years with out people making too much of a thing out of it, then move on to his next project.  But, make an “OK-but-not-great” Star Wars movie and you may as well pack your things and move to Siberia, because people.  Aren’t having. That shit.

But, what if you are a filmmaker who has great original idea that you think will really breath new life into the franchise?  You can really try something new and shake up the series! Bring it back to that fresh raw state that made the first three movies so beloved!  You are ready to make your mark on this ground breaking series!

Well, good luck with that because…

Disney won’t do anything risky with its $4.05 Billion investment

I honestly can’t even conceptualize what that amount of money looks like.  Most countries don’t even have that kind of money and Disney just spent it banking on the fact that they are going to turn a profit.  And that is just the cost to get the rights to the series.  Revenge of the Sith cost $113 Million to produce.  Lets say they keep the cost to a conservative $100 million per each new film, they would then have to earn back $775 Million on each of the next six movies JUST TO BREAK EVEN.

Translation:  Good luck doing anything interesting without every higher up at  Disney jumping up your ass and scrutinizing all of your choices in the interest of their profit margin.

I demand more Ewoks!

I demand more Ewoks!

Guillermo del Toro reportedly turned down offers to double the budget on Pan Labyrinth if he would just shoot it in English.  He refused and produced the most critically acclaimed film of his career so far.  I get the feeling that he is not the type of director that works well under corporate scrutiny.

That would be the life of any filmmakers who take up the challenge of making the new Star Wars.  They wouldn’t be making their movie.  They would be making the movie they are being told to make.

I could be wrong.  Disney has been more flexible than that with the Marvel properties, which they paid $4.24 Billion for before handing over creative control of Marvel Studios to a TV director with a cult following and pretty much let him do what ever he wanted.  End result was the third highest grossing movie of all time.

Conclusions…

In my estimation, taking over Star Wars sounds like the biggest headache in film history.  The new movies are going to be scrutinized by fans, the studio and every jerk on the internet who thinks their opinion is worth a damn (that’s me!).  But, its not like Disney needs to worry about having made a huge mistake.  They will go down their list until they find someone fool hardy enough to want to give it a shot.  And even if they produce a great big pile of crap it will be a profitable pile of crap.  Because no matter how disappointed the fans may be with a new installment they will still go see it.

Right?

Then again...

Right?

So what do you think? Who should be in charge of the future of a long time ago? Tell Me in the comments!

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Posted January 17, 2013 by atomicsam in Film, Over Thinking

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5 responses to “Over Thinking: Who Will Lead us Back to a Galaxy Far Far Away?

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  1. I have two ideas. First, Tarantino needs to clean up his image and he loves ripping off the same people Lucas does. Alternatively, Kenneth Branagh would merge the Shakespearean and the fancy well.

  2. Pingback: Flip Flop! JJ Abram’s is directing Star Wars VII « AtomicSam

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