A little birdie clued me in that Grace Randolph had some things about the recent news regarding Rian Johnson’s Trilogy for her Beyond The Trailer members. Specifically, the story that SuperBroMovies ran about his trilogy being canceled. Folks have different opinions as to the reliability of Grace’s inside scoops. But I’ve transcribed the portion where she talks about Rian Johnson and that story for your consideration. Here’s what Grace had to say:
Alright, so we have three great stories today, the first one though is particularly interesting. Because again as I said, I’m gonna give you a behind-the-scenes look and how these kind of stories break, and maybe one they shouldn’t break alright.
So first story of the day Mr. Rian Johnson forever it’s against fanboys and this was just another chapter in that’s story. So I’m gonna walk you through exactly how this happened so on Tuesday night.
I get some information from one of my sources that Rian Johnson is out at Star Wars, that he is unhappy with the how how contentious the situation has become with the fans (or some of the fans). I don’t know why he doesn’t just say, “I’m sorry some of you didn’t like it, but it did make over a billion dollars.” That’s what he should say.
But anyway he’s been fighting with people left and right and he’s, you know, Rian Johnson is kind of looking for a fight. So but he knows he’s tired of fighting and also Disney doesn’t like any of his ideas now. I was talking to a writer, a friend of mine in Los Angeles, and she pointed out and she said, “Well they must have known what he was kind of gonna do when they gave him the gig.” Although with Kathleen Kennedy I think you never really know, so maybe they were like, you know, “At first we kind of liked what you were gonna do, but everybody hates you so much that we’re maybe not feeling so good about your stories.”
But anyway the point was that on Tuesday night the word in the the entertainment journalism community was that Ryan Johnson was gonna leave because he was unhappy, and not only with the fan situation, but also because Disney just wasn’t too into him anymore. Right, so he’s like, “I don’t need this.”
However even though a number of reporters knew this, Disney was asking people not to report it. And and I’ll tell you, and I usually, you’d be like, why would you sit on that story anyway, and I’ll tell you why.
All right so Disney was like, “Please don’t report this. Not only do we not, we’re not ready for it to be out there.” Especially of course, remember Aladdin had just blown up in their faces. So they’re like, “We don’t need this, its the second one-two punch as I was telling you on the Wednesday stream, when I was teasing this. And then also they said, “Because there’s also a chance that, you know, this isn’t totally true because we could talk Johnson back into being with them in doing the trilogy.”
I mean, it’s not definitive. He’s kind of like on the edge, and you know some people don’t like him. But you know, I think Disney, like, doesn’t need that right now. So they were like, “Please don’t report it and we might, you know, things might resolve themselves. Maybe he will you know, give us an idea that we like.”
As Barbie just said I love the last Jedi and I saw you know, he does have his supporters so I was told this news was gonna be broken on Wednesday. Right, so lo and behold, Wednesday does turn out to be a big day, but for different reasons. And that’s because the frozen two trailer drops, which of course was also, you know, that was a much better way to get the conversation changed from Will Smith. So a genie in Aladdin like Disney didn’t need more negativity, right. So they did a great job turning this situation around.
Now, here’s why you wouldn’t report this story. Now of course I’ve gotten stuff before and I’m like, like that I think the thing particularly is the birds of prey villain list, I was like, why am I sitting on this story? I’m gonna report it! But here’s what I chose now.
This is why you wouldn’t report it. First of all it’s it’s an unprovable story, okay. bBecause all Rian Johnson has to do is tweet back, “I’m not believing,” and that’s exactly what he did. It’s something that is so easily disproven, even if, and I do believe the story is true by the way, and I’ll tell you why, but it can’t stay out there.
It’s just you it’s too easy for for Ryan Johnson to undercut it, and I could tell that he would. I knew that he was gonna do what he did, and then also since the story’s not gonna work out, why on earth would you annoy Disney like that? It just doesn’t make any sense. I mean, I think it’s important to have a good relationship with the studios, not to the point where you toe the line and say exactly what they want you to say.
But you know it’s a working relationship, everybody you know, has to get along. And I think that that’s why you didn’t see any of the major trades report this story now, on Thursday ,on Valentine’s Day.
In the evening. one of the fansites, I’m pretty new fan site to the game, had that exact thought, they said, “Why are we sitting on this, let’s run the rumour, and we’ll be the ones to break the story.” And you can see that it totally blew up in their faces, because nobody fell in line behind them, right. Everybody else held the line for Disney, because I don’t want I don’t want this to make this a situation where people protecting Disney.
It’s really a double. It’s a one two punch situation. You want to have a good relationship with Disney, and there’s no point in breaking a story that Rian Johnson can so easily disprove, which is what he did. So Rian Johnson tweets out, “It’s not true, I’m still on the trilogy now, here’s why.” There is no way that Rian Johnson is gonna allow a fan site of all things, to end his tenure at Star Wars. Like, that’s just not the way he’s going to go down.
Because those are the very people who would ruin this opportunity for him, so this guy is so aggressive, and so, and I wish seen him go after other fan reporters. I mean he and I think that he is just, I don’t think he has a lot of scruples, and so 100 percent believe that he’s lying. That he’s not gonna make this movie, but there’s no way that that’s how it gets reported. That fans brought him down, and they’re the ones who broke the story. It’s just never gonna, he just would not allow that to happen, and he stopped it from happening.
I mean if he’s not gonna be doing the Star Wars movie, which I don’t think he’ll ever ever admit, he’s gonna want a trade to break in Variety or Hollywood Reporter right, and he’s gonna want to do it in a way where he has some other better opportunity that he’s like, “oh yeah, I’m not gonna go and do Star Wars, okay, but I’m gonna do this instead.”
Let him have a hit after this movie, this what’s coming up is you know this, um I forgot what it’s called, he’s doing something that’s a pretty darn good cast. You know, kind of challenging his haters not to see it, but let that do really well at the box office, and then he will maybe say he’s not moving, he’s not gonna be doing Star Wars.
Really reporters, they didn’t contact him, or Disney, for an official comment. I don’t think that they would have given it to him, you know, oh yeah, it’s knives out at that’s the movie that he’s making. So yeah, so I just feel like, it was a story that’s unprovable, it’s just like there are certain things you know in Hollywood, that everybody knows that you don’t get out to the general public, and I think this is one of them. That Rian Johnson will never make his trilogy, and I think that it’s just – it’s too integral to his career to still have that on his resume, for him to allow this to happen, and I think the only way that it’ll ever be admitted that he’s not gonna make this, is if Kathleen Kennedy does indeed get shown the door at Star Wars.
So that’s all the way, because she’s the one who’s really been backing him the whole time, and I think Episode IX, I mean this is a story that is still really developing. Episode IX, it needs to, if it makes over a billion dollars, Kathleen Kennedy, I think her position will be strong again, and then maybe Brian Johnson’s trilogy can move forward.
I mean, to some degree maybe his trilogy, it’s just put on hold, maybe he’s like, I think that’s very positive he’s like, “You know what, you don’t like any of my ideas Disney, that’s fine. I’m just gonna pull back, and then if it does, like, somehow a huge hit, I will come back. And you know, Kathleen Kennedy will be, you know, in Disney’s good graces again, and then maybe I can get my trilogy going again.”
Exactly give that up so that’s just the situation. I don’t think Episode IX will make a billion dollars, let’s see what the trailers look like. I think that people are really working to send a message, and look how look how poor Solo did, right. So I would be surprised if it made a billion dollars unless the trailers are absolutely amazing.
But that’s that’s the situation I think, and remember she only has a three-year contract to I think, get them through this last movie, and then I think we’ll see, you know, at least at that point someone who comes in, can do a fresh start like a soft reboot to some degree. They can just start telling a different story but, you know, Disney has to finish this trilogy, and that’s really what you’re seeing here.
They have no other movies on the horizon right now, which is very interesting alright.
And in short that site never should have reported that story. They should have known that it would, and then they had to issue an apology, which I would not have done, I would have been like, “It’s true! Rian Johnson just won’t admit it!”
Yeah that’s pretty clearly he’s not gonna make it, I mean everybody knows it, but he’s just, he just absolutely refuses. He’s just not gonna let people get the best of him, which I understand.
But I’m not a Luke Skywalker fan, I mean here’s the thing, Rian Johnson is so pigheaded that when Mark Hamill came up to him and said, “I think your movie’s got problems,” he didn’t listen to him, all right, so that’s the first story of the day.