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How much Star Wars is too much Star Wars?

Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News & Notes - Feb. 8. 2018

I’m out of it for a little while, and everybody gets delusions of grandeur.”
Han Solo, Return of the Jedi

One day off and the galaxy looks different. A lot different.

New shows, new movies, and Anthony Breznican is off and running with his Solo: A Star Wars Story content.

Yeesh. It’s a lot to take in. But is it too much Star Wars to take in?

Probably not for the folks who fill these spaces, but as I did my morning research, I have seen enough mentions of Star Wars saturation to wonder if the casual fan might be a little overwhelmed.

We’re here to help.

Are you overwhelmed?

Variety’s Yohana Desta recently mused, “Still, we can’t help but wonder whether Star Wars might be in danger of diluting its mystique and allure by giving fans too much of a good thing.”

I have wondered this myself. As Disney looks to implement a strategy to earn as much as possible from its four-billion-dollar star child, I’ve compared the approach to what the company has done with Marvel. To my mind, this has been okay, but I assuredly don’t hang on the announcement of each film or television project like I once did.

In fact, ever since Agents of Shield “jumped the shark” — oh, two seasons ago when Simmons was transported to a Battlestar Galactica 1980 set — I gave up on it. And as good as the Marvel’s Netflix stuff has been, I can’t tell you the last time I sat down to binge watch.

Now, at least personally, Star Wars is my thing. My escape. My home. So I don’t forsee that happening to me on a consistent basis.

However, Yohana had an important point to make about how to keep things fresh:

…it’s a testament to the franchise that this particular universe is capable of spinning out so many unique stories. But the risk of saturation is also at an all-time high, unless Disney can think of ways to differentiate all this upcoming content . . . perhaps by hiring some female directors and writers? And casting more people of color? As Marvel’s Black Panther has shown, the best way for Disney to stir up hype could very well be by delivering something deeply inclusive that’s never been seen before. Why not apply that treatment to Star Wars, too?”

Truth. Great thought. Great piece. Use the link above and read.

Kelly Marie Tran makes my point

Entertainment Tonight’s Ash Crossan – one of the coolest people on Twitter – interviewed Kelly Marie Tran at the AARP Movies for Grownups awards show.

The entertainment value was very high:

Tran is the element that Star Wars needs to maintain its place in the cultural pantheon. Period.

People who have this much joy, verve, and love for what they do will keep the franchise current and fresh. They may also take Star Wars even higher on the pop culture ladder.

#PorgNation Strikes Back

There should be a disclaimer posted on each new Star Wars property: A sense of humor is required to experience this program properly….

Thankfully, Rian Johnson displayed his own sense of humor, thanks again to Ash Crossan:

Another fun interview by Crossan. For more, be sure to see Jason’s post from yesterday.

Speaking of cool…

Donald Glover was featured by Esquire.com:

The actor spoke about his desire to take on the role of Lando Calrissian.

Esquire’s

Some years ago, he heard a rumor that a movie featuring Lando was in the works. “I told my agent, ‘I wanna be Lando,’ ” but his agent didn’t like his chances. “That was exactly what I needed to hear,” Glover told me, “because I’m the person who’s not supposed to make it, so much so that I don’t think people recognize where I came from and what I’ve done. At a certain point, it does look easy. I do sometimes look like a Mary Sue. I was like, ‘Oh, okay, cool.’ I studied, I watched the movies a lot, and I killed it, because I was ready.”

Just awesome.

Will the Star Wars stories continue?

Graeme McMillan posted on Tuesday, asking: “What Happens to the ‘Star Wars’ Stand-Alone Movies Now?”

A fair question, to be sure. To which McMillan added:

…it’s understandable that Lucasfilm might be rethinking the entire Star Wars Story program. With fans still clamoring for spinoffs such as a Boba Fett solo film and an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie to be directed by Stephen Daldry, it’s possible that audiences can expect more stand-alone films in the future. But it’s also easy to imagine that Lucasfilm could quietly fold the initiative altogether.

A hot take by McMillan for sure, but here’s mine: Rogue One: A Star Wars story made over a billion dollars, so there’s money to be had if they continue to produce non-Saga chapters.

I can hear some readers now, “But Bish it’s not about the money!”

Um, sorry kids. It has ALWAYS been about the money.

Every industry is about the money and film is no different. And that is okay because the best art transcends the paycheck. George Lucas certainly didn’t produce the original Star Wars as a non-profit, but it changed the world. And Kathleen Kennedy is happy to count box office reciepts even as TLJ is nominated for four Oscars.

So as Star Wars fans, I believe we’re guaranteed to see new content coming our way in the guise of spinoff movies and series. In fact, assuming the relative success of Solo: A Star Wars Story, there stands a good chance that soon there will be two Star Wars films a year – one in May, one in December.

Also remember (and full credit to MSW’s Jason Ward, and one of the folks on Steele’s most recent call-in shows), while many audience members enjoyed The Last Jedi, the heady, thick nature of the film left a swath of people wanting just a little more fun.

Basically, I’m not worried about the Star Wars Story films continuing. Neither should you….

The Star Wars Show

In the vein of keeping this light as we finish up today, let’s all watch The Star Wars Show together:

Loved the 360-view of the Falcon. Hit me @jmbishopjr if you want to talk Star Wars during your coffee break. JB

 

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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.