Oh no, they don't like me any more!
In case you haven't heard, there's a bit of fan backlash about the latest Star Wars film, The Last Jedi.
The backlash being that petitions are floating around asking that this film be removed from the Star wars franchise canon and "remade" the way they expected it to go. LOL. They say that after all these years of reading science fiction books that have developed an entire world and history of fiction about Luke, the Jedi, etc., people are stunned by events within The Last Jedi. It really messes up their ideals of what Star Wars is.
So I'm going to present some food for thought:
To be honest, you need to check out the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They've kept the characters mostly as they were, but with minor and moderate changes to their back stories that do take the films off in a different and unique direction from all those years of comics.
Look at the new Star Trek films from Abrams... slightly the same with some core history changed up to modernize the franchise, getting off the stale history of the films to move forward in new and different directions.
and I'm sure Paramount took liberties with their Transformers and G.I. Joe properties.
So too, do the Star Wars films diverge from the written word. I mean, since Disney bought the franchise, what did you think would happen? The film side of the franchise has been pretty stale and they're going to start ramping up more and new directions to take this world. They need to get their billions of investment back, and rehashing old content is not the way.
As director Johnson said, this upheaval is great because it gets the fan base talking. Which is good marketing in the long run. And they (Disney) anticipated this.
Mark Hamill even came out saying this was not HIS Luke Skywalker. ( I think he 's just protecting his position with the fans with statements like that.)
But in the end, I am NOT surprised by what Disney has done with the franchise. They need to freshen it up to catch the attention of and pull in new fans to the franchise. In the long run, I'm sure it will be great, because the old novels will probably still sell while the new direction that novels can take will also sell.
And bottom line... Disney doesn't care and we need to get over it because they will do what they want with what they want because it's their billions.
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