And that time is now.
Why did Lucasfilm representative Bryan Young attempt to credit Geeks + Gamers and Ethan Van Sciver with organizing and/or encouraging the Solo boycott? Make sure to read the two previous posts here and then here, and follow along.
Recently I commented on a story about actor Aaron Goins claiming that 9 Star Wars movies were in development. That story was published by comicbook.com on Saturday, June 16th, and it made the rounds on the internet.
Shortly thereafter however, Collider (a known Disney shill media outfit) published a story on Wednesday, June 20th, claiming that an insider had informed them that all future Star Wars spin-off films were on hold at Lucasfilm. This would include the Ob-Wan film, which many fans had been asking for.
It may be a while before we see any more movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story out of Lucasfilm. Sources with knowledge of the situation tell Collider that Lucasfilm has decided to put plans for more A Star Wars Story spinoff movies on hold, instead opting to focus their attention on Star Wars: Episode IX and what the next trilogy of Star Wars films will be after that film. Sources tell us that the previously rumored Obi-Wan movie was in active development, but those who were working on the film are no longer involved. It was recently reported that Logan filmmaker James Mangold was in early talks to write and direct the Boba Fett film, but that was before Solo’s release.
As with everything in Hollywood, it’s always possible that some filmmaker could come in and pitch an idea for a Star Wars Story spinoff that makes Lucasfilm rethink its approach, or opt to greenlight that idea as a one-off, but as of right now we’re hearing the studio’s focus has moved away from these spinoffs for the time-being and is squarely intent on getting Episode IX to the finish line and figuring out what the next trilogy of films will be.
The article even posted a picture of Ewen McGregor as Obi-Wan at the top of the article, which was sure to pull at the heart strings of some Star Wars fans, since that was the one film that fans were actually asking for. Remember that.
Lucasfilm representative Bryan Young, was saddened by the news.
If true, this is sad. The stand-alones have had some of the best, most exciting storytelling to come from this era of Star Wars. https://t.co/hSpB4h6ZDI
— Bryan Young (@swankmotron) June 20, 2018
And then the desired reaction hit Twitter; anger towards the boycotters for causing the stand alone Star Wars films being put on hold.
— Star Wars Junkman (@StarWarsJunk) June 20, 2018
Now, it needs to be explicitly stated in crystal clarity here, that Junkman is a good and decent human being. He can’t be blamed for expressing a natural and honest reaction. He’s done nothing wrong here. Junkman is a true blue Star Wars fan through and through. I am only using this tweet as an example of a genuine fan reaction.
But this was precisely the reaction that Lucasfilm representative Bryan Young attempted to generate in the fanbase with his Sy Fy Wire article. If you haven’t read about that yet, you’ll need to, to understand the history here. You can read about that here, and then here.
As discussed in the previous blog post, Bryan (and apparently Lucasfilm by association) hoped to associate Geeks + Gamers and Ethan Van Sciver with the organizing and/or encouraging of the Solo boycott in the minds of the fans, in order to get the fan base to turn on Geeks + Gamers and Ethan Van Sciver, and blame them for the stand alone Star Wars films being put on hold as a result of the boycott. It’s pretty transparent.
So why not include World Class Bullshitters? Certainly they’re just as big if not bigger than Geeks + Gamers and Ethan Van Sciver. Certainly thy’re just as problematic for Lucasfilm, if not more so. Who could forget the iconic Tower of Tico. Why not include them into the mix?
World Class Bullshitters is not headed by a “white male” and thus, including them would not serve the “toxic white male problem in fandom” narrative that today’s race and gender obsessed Lucasfilm is attempting to push.
Now, none of this worked out for Bryan or his employers at Lucasfilm. Bryan was caught red-handed altering his Sy fy Wire article, and both Geeks + Gamers and Ethan Van Sciver were able to easily discredit Bryan’s claims.
And so it would seem that blame for the stand alone Star Wars films being put on hold was bound to come right back to Lucasfilm like a boomerang.
Then like magic on the very next day, Thursday, July 21st, ABCnews.go.com published a story refuting the Collider story, saying that the stand alone movies were all still a go.
Reports of the death of future standalone films from that galaxy far, far away (like “Solo,” “Rogue One” and a rumored — but never-announced — Obi-Wan Kenobi project) appear to be premature, and speculative at best.
Lucasfilm sources on Thursday characterized as “inaccurate” a report that future “Star Wars” movies falling outside of the regular trilogy storyline (Episodes I to IX) have been put on hold in the wake of the box office under-performance of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
Instead, Lucasfilm told ABC News there are still “multiple” Star Wars films currently in development that have not been officially announced. Those projects are moving forward separate from an already-announced “Star Wars” trilogy being overseen by “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson and another series of movies from “Game of Thrones” producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Ethan Van Sciver commented on this story:
As did Geeks + Gamers:
As did World Class Bullshitters:
Lucasfilm representative Bryan Young then followed up with another Sy Fy Wire piece on that Thursday entitled, IT’S NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK: BREAKING DOWN THE STAR WARS STANDALONE CANCELATION NEWS.
In it Bryan wrote a lot of rationalizations as to why the stand alone films wouldn’t be put on hold as though he were an outsider, but then he closed with this:
Taking all of this into account, I’m left to wonder if the biggest impact of this report from Collider will be its emboldening of the more toxic areas of Star Wars fandom. The racist and misogynist sects of Star Wars fans (which I wrote about here) are claiming this as a victory for their boycott of Solo, even though that doesn’t even make sense. These sects are taking credit for the possible cancelation of movies that weren’t even confirmed, including the one film they were actually asking for. At best, calling this a victory on their part is premature. At worst, there isn’t actually anything to this report and they’re showing even more of their ignorance about the internal workings of the Star Wars machine.
Now, drones in the Collective are required to type out the words “racist” and “misogynist” in every piece they write. So that’s not really worth addressing here.
What is worth addressing here though, is that the primary attempt to get fans to blame the loudest and most notorious critical voices for the cancellation of “the one film fans were actually asking for” by associating those critical voices with the organizing and/or encouraging of the Solo boycott splattered right in Bryan’s ignorant face. The blame was coming back to Lucasfilm.
Potentially a result, Disney owned ABC published that about-face story, which Grace Randolph curiously called, “clandestine.”
Wow this is some clandestine damage control! Disney owns ABC of course 😉https://t.co/uc6HTTruuG
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) June 21, 2018
And so Bryan wrote a supporting piece saying that the stand alone movies are likely still a go, all is well.
But Bryan just couldn’t help himself from pushing the entire purpose of this failed exercise in his piece anyway with the sentence, “These sects are taking credit for the possible cancelation of movies that weren’t even confirmed, including the one film they were actually asking for.”
With that, Bryan made sure to plant the seed in SJW’s minds, that in the event the “the one film fans were actually asking for” is canceled at any time, that it would be #TheFandomMenace who is to blame.