When George Lucas abandoned Star Wars because of fan harassment, film journalists were fine with it

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran reportedly deleted her Instagram posts because of fan harassment. Many film journalists and bloggers are now loudly supporting her. Tran shouldn’t trust them too much, though. As soon as she does a movie they hate, most of them won’t care if she’s harassed anymore.

When George Lucas made the Prequels and altered the Original Trilogy, many fans went nuts. Some compared the creator of Star Wars to a rapist. Others fantasized about killing him. It went on for many years. In January 2012, Lucas finally announced that he would retire from Lucasfilm and the movie business.

“Why would I make any more,” Lucas says of the “Star Wars” movies, “when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”

Later in the year, he sold Lucasfilm to Disney and chose Kathleen Kennedy to take over and supervize the future Star Wars movies.

“It was fine before the Internet,” he told Bloomberg Businessweek following the Lucasfilm sale. “But now . . . it’s gotten very vicious and very personal. You just say, ‘Why do I need to do this?’ ”

(source: Vanity Fair)

You’ll hardly find articles condemning the endless bashing of George Lucas. Most film journalists and bloggers were fine with it. At that time, they agreed with the infuriated fans on the Prequels and the Special Editions, so they chose to tolerate all their excesses.


Check out the previous posts about the harassment of Ahmed Best and Newsweek’s poor behaviour towards Jake Lloyd.

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When Jar Jar actor Ahmed Best was receiving death threats from fans, film journalists didn’t care

 

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran reportedly deleted her Instagram posts because of fan harassment. Many film journalists and bloggers are now loudly supporting her. Tran shouldn’t trust them too much, though. As soon as she does a movie they hate, most of them won’t care if she’s harassed anymore.

After the release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best was the target of many infuriated fans. ““I had death threats through the internet,” Best said. “I had people come to me and say, ‘You destroyed my childhood.’ That’s difficult for a 25-year-old to hear.”

You’ll hardly find articles defending Best against his harassers. Most film journalists were pandering to the angry fans at the time. They didn’t care if some of those fans were bullying an actor.


There will be two other posts about fan harassment today.

Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo shares an article saying it’s “absurd” not to like Solo and The Last Jedi better than the Prequels

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Here is a quote from this Forbes Article:

“”Whenever Star Wars tries to develop one of the franchise’s key characters, it whiffs. Solo is no exception, a disappointment on par with The Last Jedi and the prequels,” writes Salon’s Matthew Rozsa. But placing either The Last Jedi or Solo in the same bracket as the prequels is absurd. Only someone who hasn’t watched the prequels in ages could say something so absurd.”


Joonas Suotamo played Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Rian Johnson confirms The Last Jedi echoes a shot of Anakin attacking the Jedi Temple

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi audio commentary, director Rian Johnson confirms that Kylo Ren’s entrance in the Resistance base echoes a shot from Revenge of the Sith:

“So here comes Kylo. This is very consciously echoing a shot from Episode III of Anakin coming in that I always loved. Just a beautiful graphic shot that George [Lucas] did that we wanted to do a callback to.”

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The Last Jedi Blu-ray details revealed; it will feature 14 deleted scenes

From StarWars.com:

“The latest film in the Star Wars saga is coming home. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive, it was announced today, on Digital (in HD and 4K Ultra HD) and via Movies Anywhere on March 13, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and On-Demand on March 27. And along with the number one movie of 2017 comes a galaxy of bonus features, including The Director and the Jedi — an intimate journey into the creation of Star WarsThe Last Jedi with writer-director Rian Johnson — as well as an audio commentary and much more. The full list includes*:

  • The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
  • Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
  • Scene Breakdowns
    • Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
    • Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
    • Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
  • Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
  • Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
  • Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.

Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will come in a variety of packages, including the Multi-screen Edition (includes Blu-ray and a Digital copy), the 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition (including 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and a Digital copy), and Best Buy and Target retailer exclusives. The 4K Ultra HD version features the extraordinary color, contrast, and brightness of Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range, paired with fully immersive picture and sound with Dolby Atmos audio. […]

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The Last Jedi is getting a comic adaptation which will include new material

From IGN:

“This May will see the release of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi six-issue comic book adaption from Marvel Comics, which will include never-before-seen material. While no details were given about what the new content will be, a Marvel spokesperson told IGN that it will be brand new material created just for the comic as opposed to deleted scenes from the movie.

UPDATE: Artist Michael Walsh said on Twitter, “We’ll be adding scenes and telling others from a new perspective.”

It will be written by Gary Whitta (co-writer of the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and writer on the Star Wars Rebels animated series), drawn by Michael Walsh (artist of Star Wars Annual, Hawkeye, The Vision), colored by Mike Spicer, and have covers for Issues #1 and #2 by Mike Del Mundo. […]

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Rian Johnson confirms The Last Jedi echoes the Prequels, which he ‘watched a lot’ during writing and preproduction

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In a recent Q&A, The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson talked about the echoes from the Prequels in his movie (transcription by sleemo).

“So I was watching Revenge of the Sith recently and I noticed there are a few echoes from that film to The Last Jedi, like when Anakin’s talking to Padme in Revenge of the Sith just before they face off Obi-Wan, there’s some similarities there with the “join me” and the lashing out of Kylo to Rey and Anakin to Padme. Did you watch the prequels while you were writing?

Yeah, I watched the prequels a lot actually, and that goes for the writing and while we were in prep. I think partially because the original trilogy was the ones that I know by heart, shot for shot. The prequels – I knew them really well but I saw them less so I kind of wanted to steep myself in that visual language a lot more before I got into it.

The notion of finding echoes, not just in the original trilogy but also in the prequel trilogy felt like just a really rich well to draw from. So I kept the original trilogy and also the prequels just on my iPad that I had with me all the time and at night I would just put it on in a random spot and watch pieces of it.

My question is about the last scene between Rey and Ben. He’s kneeling on the ground, he has his father’s dice in his hands that his uncle gave to his mother and his mother left for him, and he’s looking up at the person who’s the most important person in the world to him and before that door shuts, if he could have a do-over to go back to that moment, what do you think he would say or do differently and why?

That is such a great question. Will you be mad if I said that it’s such a great question, I don’t want to answer it? Only because I think that’s such a beautiful notion of “what does he regret in that moment”, it’s the same way I think about in Revenge of the Sith, that mask is coming down, that beautiful shot of Anakin’s eyes right before it goes over and you see that glimpse of… Is it fear? Is it regret? What is it? What is going through his mind at that moment? That’s that kind of moment for Ben and I don’t want to put that moment in your guys’s head. I feel like that’s a moment that everyone should read into themselves. But just posing that question is really beautiful.”


You can hear this at 55′: