Because this is 2018 and no one is ever happy with anything, fair-weather ‘Star Wars’ fans have taken to Twitter to demand a remake of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’ Some big names have responded.
‘The Last Jedi’ was not exactly a flop, as the film brought in $1.3 billion in the global box office, officially making it the highest-grossing movie of 2017. Apparently, that’s not good enough, as some fans even sent death threats to director Rian Johnson. Neat! Critics, on the other hand, loved the film and Rotten Tomatoes critics gave it a score of 91%.
Disney has plans to re-think the ‘Star Wars’ franchise following the less than stellar performance of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ but some fans are impatient (and amateur filmmakers, apparently) and have decided to take matters into their own hands.
A Twitter account called Remake ‘The Last Jedi,’ has been created and claims to have a “team of producers” who will oversee the remake. Whoever is behind the account promises to consult with fans about the remake and are even accepting fan submissions. Their goal is “to make a version of TLJ that is as close to universally accepted as possible!”
Johnson stumbled across the idea, and offered the following response:
please please please please pleeeeeeeaaaase please actually happen please please please please please https://t.co/mNpSjgovax
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 21, 2018
Other celebrities have responded to the tweet and were less enthusiastic. Seth Rogen shared his confusion regarding the project, noting they don’t have a script, stars, or even the legal ability to make this in the first place. Rogan notes that “those have been important elements in the past.” But Frank Oz, who voices Yoda in the ‘Star Wars’ films, is the real hero of this story, offering the following response that everyone should take the heart:
Really? Really? Really? Not raising money for helping refugees, wounded soldiers, mental health, disabled police & firefighters, Lupus research, battered women, finding missing children, hunger, and on and on and on? You’re instead raising money to remake a movie? Really? Really? https://t.co/uzr4WTJ9hQ
— Frank Oz (@TheFrankOzJam) June 21, 2018
Listen to Yoda, we should!
Whoever is behind the Twitter account is pretty impressed with themselves and thinks this idea will give Disney an advantage in their bidding war with Comcast to purchase 21st Century Fox’s film and TV empire. The account issued a statement saying:
“A clear plan laid out showing how the ‘Star Wars’ films are going to return to being the cash cows they once were will go a long way towards tipping the scale.”
I have to go ice my eye-balls now…they are sore from all the rolling!