Should The Star Wars Franchise Take A Bigger Leap To The Small Screen?
With all the backlash towards Star Wars out there, from the “hatred” of “The Last Jedi”, to the lack of fans going to the theaters to see “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, to the wanting of Disney and Kathleen Kennedy removed form control of the franchise…could a deeper venture into the small screen streaming services be a way to get the “toxic” fandom back on track? Clearly there is much animosity towards the Star Wars movies and it’s “ownership”. So many things have come under fire, including the direction of the stories, the decision to make stand alone films, the decisions to have certain people direct, or star, to the flip flopping of opinions about “it was too much like the originals, or “it was way to different than the originals”. So should more focus be more on services like Netflix and the upcoming Disney streaming service..with more time between movies on the big screen?
Actor and “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau, as everyone knows, will be directing a live-action Star Wars series for the upcoming Disney streaming service. As we also all know, there is little to no details about what the series will be about, with the exception that we know it will be set between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens”, which leads to a possible theory that it could tie in to, or draw from, the three book “Aftermath” series by author Chuck Wendig, that also covers that same time period. With the success of his “Iron Man” movies, Favreau is a good bet to make a good series that Star Wars fans should love, with hopefully limited toxic backlash. Because be honest, it is not possible to make everyone happy, it’s just the nature of the beast.
There are plenty of possibilities for live-action and animated streaming service series’, including a possible series based on the popular “Knights of the Old Republic” video games. While the animated shows that were on Disney XD and Netflix, “Star Wars Rebels” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, respectively, were successful and fan favorites, its clear that Star Wars, at least in animated fashion, can be successful on the small screen. Live-action is still in question as we have to wait for Jon Favreau’s small screen series, which will be in season and episode format and not feature length movie format, before we can make first opinions on if this is a good path for the franchise. That being said, could this be a good step for the franchise…regardless of who is in control?
Marvel has been very successful with streaming shows like “Daredevil” and “The Punisher” on Netflix, which have been big screen movies as well. There are multiple comic book based tv series on Network tv that are successful also, and not too mention very popular shows like “The Walking Dead”, based on graphic novels, and “Game of Thrones”, a long running HBO series that has it’s creators taking over a Star Wars Trilogy on the big screen..or maybe even the small screen. So does it stand to reason that Star Wars should venture even more into this mode of media? While it will allow the series to possibly be more dark, and tell deeper stories that aren’t limited to a 2-2 1/2 hour time frame, could this be a way to gain back some of the more…opinionated fans? It seems to be that big stars and big franchises are turning to the small screen, in successful fashion, which makes me think this could be a good thing for the galaxy far, far away.
So with so many books, games, movies, comics, etc., be it legends, cannon, or new cannon…there is just a plethora of possibilities for the Star Wars Universe to expand live-action to the small screen. Would you like to see this happen beyond the upcoming Jon Favreau series? Could this be a good thing for the franchise… mixing home streaming services with possibly a year or two between movies? Or should Star Wars remain mostly a box office mainstay? As an avid Star Wars fan, I’m open to just about anything Star Wars has to offer, but with clearly a more divided “fan” base now, then in years past, anything the big wigs do, no matter who runs or directs it, is under a very intense and sometimes toxic microscope. So with all that being said, what are your thoughts? And as always….
May The Force Be With You!!