So some of the pissed-off white dudes who hated The Last Jedi have started a new Twitter handle. They're claiming to have a "team of producers...offering to cover the budget for a remake of The Last Jedi in order to save Star Wars." They claim, "This isn't a joke, we're ready to have the convo now!" (Note: if you have to launch out of the gate by announcing that you're not a joke, people are probably right to assume you're a joke.)
What does this have to do with the Seattle Review of Books? Gaze upon this tweet, ye mighty, and despair:
Iron sharpens iron and the best writing comes from a group of people who have differing opinions but can constructively work together for the best story possible. Not just one writer sitting in a room thinking whatever pops into their head is the best idea ever.— Remake The Last Jedi (@RMTheLastJedi) June 20, 2018
Holy Christ this is dumb. This is entitled fan thinking at its worst. I have long been an advocate for editors and the editing process, but I have to say that "the best writing comes from a group of people" is the single wrongest creative thought I've seen in a good long while. Pretty much every novel you've ever read started as "one writer sitting in a room." And while those novels are of course edited and revised, they remain the product of a singular vision.
I really liked The Last Jedi. In fact, it's the first Star Wars film I've really liked since I saw The Return of the Jedi in theaters when I was 7. I loved what writer/director Rian Johnston did to open up the universe of Star Wars: he removed the series's constricting ties to the Skywalker family bloodline, and he added nuance to the battle lines.
In retrospect, those two decisions were bound to anger the middle-aged white men who love Star Wars. Mediocre white men love the plodding and predictable stories in which a white man is destined for greatness. It validates the way they think the world ought to be. And those same men hate nuance; they want easy-to-understand stories of good and evil, because it mirrors their uncomplicated worldview, in which anything they disagree with is needlessly "partisan" and therefore bad.
These people are fools and they don't deserve a real argument. And anyway, the best response to this Twitter handle has already been written, by Last Jedi writer director Rian Johnson:
please please please please pleeeeeeeaaaase please actually happen please please please please please 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 https://t.co/mNpSjgovax— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 21, 2018