In case you have no idea what’s going on, late last night it broke hours after Lucasfilm announced the first spinoff film that the screenwriter had posted on a forum from about 2008 onward several vulgar, disparaging posts about Clone Wars, the prequels, Hayden Christensen, the Special Editions, and George Lucas (the infamous “f*** Lucas” quote should’ve been alone a disqualified); he’d also trashed Disney’s Jedi Academy show at the parks on a podcast, mocking overweight kids in the process.
Most of my reaction has been on Twitter and on Facebook and I’ve been alternating between “mad as hell” and “extremely dispirited and broken-hearted” all day. I’m not particularly angry at this screenwriter, though I never want to be in the same room with the creep. However I’m beyond furious at Kathleen Kennedy and whoever else was responsible for vetting and hiring this jerk. What he did wasn’t criticism; it was out and out bashing and it was expressed in a way that doesn’t befit anyone carrying on Lucas’s legacy. That someone didn’t do due diligence or simply didn’t care is astonishing to me and very, very disappointing. Now, it’s too late and I don’t care what this spinoff’s about, I’m not going to see it. If it didn’t come from Lucas’s heart and mind or someone on the same wavelength, I am not interested. I’ve ranted about it on my LiveJournal if you care to read it. Other fan sites are way nicer about this than I am and I have to wonder why. We’ve been told over and over to be nice while we get sand kicked in our faces over and over. Let me ask them, when will they go too far for you? What will you do then?
We need to tell Lucasfilm that they owe us more creators who have an appreciation for the saga beyond Eps IV-V or VI. Why do the hate boys get their own in on projects but there’s nobody to speak for those kids whose first Star Wars film was TPM or those kids who became fans with Clone Wars? Or for us older fans who love all of the movies? Demand it now or it will never happen! I feel like writing Lucasfilm again.
Now, I felt this was confirmation that they absolutely intend to burrow tunnels beneath “the immovable objects” of canon by retconning Boba Fett’s back story. Who else would you hire other than a guy who hates the prequels with a passion to undermine them? Then Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo posted this on Paul Bateman’s Facebook page; I think you can access it if you have friended Bateman. Otherwise I had to read it/lift it from the Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy Facebook page:
“Spoiler: Boba is a clone of Jango Fett. It turns up in one of the movies.”
“There was this whole thing where he was a legitimate character with a developed back story and complex motivation that showed up on this show called Clone Wars. It was pretty neat. The guy who invented the character came up with it, which was a nice touch. I think it’s on Netflix.”
“Also – get this – there’s a version of The Empire Strikes Back (“Episode V” some call it) where they went to the trouble to make Boba Fett’s voice the same voice as the character who played his father. That was one of several clues woven into the movies that strongly suggest the movies released from 1999-2005 take place in the same universe, and if you think about it, are sort of the same story as the ones that came out earlier. It’s pretty crazy. They’re connected. Anyway, this version of it can be found on DVD and Blu-ray where such things are sold.”
“Anyway, these sorts of clues are hidden all throughout the movies. The opening crawls are actually numbers if you look at it (I = 1, II= 2/… V = 5, VI = 6). if you look at it the right way, it hints that this whole thing is meant to tie together.”
“You know, there was a post not a month ago that said what were the immovable objects in the Star Wars canon. The internet records such things.”
“Obviously I got nothing against **** (cheers!) It’s just the rebooted Fett rumor is so transparently coming from someone (not ****, in case there’s any confusion) who still has an axe to grind against the prequels. That’s where all these retcon prequel rumors come from. Don’t give ‘em any weight.”
Though interestingly enough, even with this openly debunked, Latino Review is still insisting that it’s true. *Eyeroll.*
To be continued…