DIRECTOR TAKES ACCEPTION TO FANS
The poisonous infection spreads. The toxic and poisonous part of the fanbase is beginning to infect the whole of Star War and has taken its first casualty. Filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie has recently come out and said he has no interest in directing a Star Wars movie any more. Why is this a big deal when his name has yet to be attached to anything? His reason cited were the fans attacks on Rian Johnson.
Rian made a comment on one of McQuarrie’s tweets in a discussion about Twilight Zone and Rod Serling. The poisonous attacks against Johnson flooded in and took over the conversation. After seeing the assault on Johnson, McQuarrie tweeted “My friend, After five minutes of this, I don’t know why you’re still on twitter. I would have loved to make a Star Wars film someday. I’m cured.”
Love, like or hate The Last Jedi, this type of attack and abuse is intolerable. Star Wars fans were supposed to be better than this! We were supposed to be the greatest of all fan bases. While this hateful, poisonous segment of the fan base is a small percentage of the whole, they are not only the loudest segment, but they are ruining Star Wars and its future for everyone else.
FANS IMPEDING CHANGE
In a previous article I wrote about the need to let go of films you do not like and move on. I was thoroughly ripped apart for such a stance. With Marvel if there is a movie I do not like or am not interested in, I let it go and move on to the next film. I do not wish the rest of the Marvelverse ill will and hate because I feel they butchered a character. I do not call for the boycott of the next film to prove my point. If fans cannot take on this compartmentalism, Star Wars may be living on borrowed time.
McQuarrie may not have been on a short list of directors at this point, but who knows who is? How many great directors could come on board and make great films, but will now see and experience the hate and anger of these supposed fans and say – nope. I’ll go elsewhere.
A group of fans are calling for the firing of Kathleen Kennedy. Rumor is that Bob Iger, head of Disney, may indeed be looking for replacements. Guess what haters, your hate and rancor have set up a position no one wants! If you are an entertainment leader or director, would you want to be involved with a property where the most vocal fans are so spiteful that your reputation could be ruined forever because of them? Ruined by a group of people who think their point of view is the only point of view that matters and will hate on any one who is different?
WHAT TO DO
Disney took a risk. It is either that or go cookie cutter, paint-by-number plots and characters, which seems to be what the haters want. Force Awakens was too much a copy of A New Hope. The Last Jedi was too out there and not what the fans want. Whatever anyone does, a Kobiashi Maru scenario leads to only one thing – no more Star Wars. If the toxicity does not subside, the only ones hurt will be the fans.