Lucasfilm Has No Idea What They’re Doing With Star Wars

I realize that it’s beating a dead tauntaun at this point to assert that things have not been going well since the transition.

But recent news has just solidified that the people trusted with the Star Wars brand have no idea what they are doing at this point.

It’s a ship without a rudder and an utterly confused captain.

I know people were nervous when George Lucas handed over the reins to the Mouse, but some were optimistic.

The signs were always there though.

The Force Awakens was a retread of the original movie.

Well, okay you need to retell the story for new audiences.

Then there were the rumblings with the stand-alone movies. New Boba Fett movie. No, wait, no Boba Fett.

The Last Jedi comes out and it sets the fandom ablaze.

Then comes Solo the first Star Wars film to lose money. Imagine that? Did you ever think that you’d see a Star Wars film not do well? The Prequels were a crime against good taste but they made tons of money and kept the train rolling.

Then came the announcement that Lucasfilm and Disney would be re-evaluating the future of Star Wars films and the one film a year would be abandoned.

This of course with the grumblings of directors leaving and scripts being abandoned.

Of course, there is no greater evidence that no one knew what they were doing than The Rise Of Skywalker.

It’s officially the worst-reviewed Star Wars film, and that’s saying something. It was both bombastic and boring at the same time. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. I would have left the theater had the tickets not been a gift from my little brother.

The cast can barely hide their contempt for the movie. It’s almost entertaining to watch them make fun of it. John Boyega has been especially vocal about it.

Yes, there have been a couple decent things here and there. People like The Mandalorian, but at this point, it’s like having a nice backyard when your house is on fire.

Now, of course, there’s new information.

They’ve put the new Obi-Wan series on hold.

This was one of the few things people generally wanted. It’s like they were throwing every idea at the wall.

We’d like an Obi-Wan movie, please?

Disney: Oh so a Han Solo movie?

What? Who cares about that? Obi-Wan, please.

Disney: Oh okay want to know how they got the Death Star plans?

No, ObI-Wan.

Disney: I get it. Romantic Comedy starring Jar Jar Binks.

I hate you.

This should have been a no brainer. Obi-Wan Kenobi is a beloved character. He was brought to life by Sir Alec Guinness in the original. The first time I saw Star Wars Ob-Wan was my favorite character. It was awesome. It was if your grandpa showed up and had a laser sword. Sign me up on this adventure.

Ewen McGregor played him in the Prequels and is usually the one thing people like about those movies.

He hasn’t been shy about wanting to first do the movie and then the show.

He loves the character and he loves Star Wars.

But, no suddenly it’s put on the shelf because Queen Kathleen isn’t happy with any of the scripts, which at this point means they were fun and entertaining.

It’s sad. It shouldn’t be this hard. Star Wars is a massive entity and they are hundreds of fun stories to tell.

I fear that is has gotten too big to fail. They need to make sure that everything is watered down and no risks are taken.

Which is so far from Star Wars is. It was the ultimate risk. George Lucas took his dorky script that everyone thought was dumb and made an empire from it.

And yes, he had some major missteps. But under his stewardship, Star Wars remained a major pop culture brand.

And now it’s limping along.

I hope they figure it out soon. Let people that have fun, creative stories do what they want. Take a few risks.

If not, it runs the risk of becoming a relic of a more civilized age.

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Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories.

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