While wading through Jen Yamato’s interview with Rian Johnson at the Los Angeles Times in which she refers to Backlashers as “cranky fans,” I ran across this little nugget:
As they were to his “Last Jedi” ideas, Lucasfilm seems open to shaking up the “Star Wars” universe, according to Johnson. “We need some directors who aren’t white dudes,” he said emphatically, in spite of Lucasfilm’s track record to date of hiring only white male directors. “And [Kennedy] knows it, too. It just has to happen. I mean, come on. It has to happen.”
It’s so brave and bold whenever a white dude refers to white dudes as though he himself isn’t a white dude. Don’t you think?
So why doesn’t Rian step aside, and let people of color direct his trilogy? Please?
Rian Johnson also had some other kernels of wisdom:
He’s optimistic about the company’s willingness to push the established boundaries of its legacy franchise both onscreen and off. “The thing is, I don’t feel that the powers that be are pushing back on new or unprecedented stuff,” said Johnson. “Quite the contrary. I feel like Disney and Lucasfilm and Kathy are actively looking for filmmakers and voices that are going to push it forward because they know that’s the only way it can stay alive.
“When people ask me, ‘Don’t you think people are going to get sick of ‘Star Wars’ movies?’ to me that question indicates that they’re thinking of ‘Star Wars’ movies as a museum exhibit that is wheeled out once a year so you can say, ‘Oh, I loved that thing. Oh, I remember that thing!’ And yes, if ‘Star Wars’ is that, people are going to get sick of it really quickly.
“But if ‘Star Wars’ are great new movies that are exciting and fresh, and that challenge you and surprise you and make you feel things and engage you the way that those original movies did — but always taking you to new places, both in the galaxy and emotionally — that’s never going to get old. That’s what it’s all about.”
Interesting. As Lucasfilm and Kathy are pushing it forward, toy and merchandise sales are falling behind. Apparently Rian and Lucasfilm are under the delusion that The Last Jedi made fans feel things and engaged them in the way that those original movies did. I guess that’s part of what makes Hollywood an island of fantasy, surrounded by a sea of reality.
Jeremy from Geeks + Gamers offers his own perspective on Rian Johnson’s comments: