The topic of toxic fandom talk continues this week, albeit with a new perspective today. “Logan” filmmaker James Mangold has been the latest to discuss the issue and turns the tables slightly.
Pointing out that if fans regularly lash out in hysterical and almost Biblically spiteful ways over creative decisions they don’t agree with, then one specific result is inevitable – strong creative talent will simply get out of the studio business altogether and go elsewhere.
The “Star Wars” franchise has been a focal point of the toxic fan trolling discussions, a franchise where Mangold has some skin in the game as he has been reportedly linked to a potential Boba Fett film. In the wake of the failure of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and the backlash against “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” that project’s status is up in the air right now and judging by his comments on Twitter, he won’t be that upset if it doesn’t go forward:
“At the point when work writing & directing big franchises has become the emotionally loaded equivalent of writing a new chapter of The Bible (w/ the probable danger of being stoned & called a blasphemer), then a lot of bolder minds are gonna leave these films to hacks & corporate boards….
If you feel the filmmakers are just corporate tools and powerless, then why bitch at us? In the case of Rian Johnson and Chris McQuarrie, i assure you these cats are not ‘owned’. They actually fight your battles behind the scenes. The fervor of some attacks has an evangelical ferocity.
Now, I get it cause for many folk, including me, the ‘Star Wars’ saga holds tremendous spiritual power, similar to a religious text. But we must remember to try to handle our disappointments the way Yoda might, as opposed to Darth.”
The comment follows on from a posting earlier this week by “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” actor Ahmed Best who revealed he almost took his own life following the brutal backlash and abuse he suffered at the hands of fans outraged by his “Star Wars” character Jar Jar Binks.
Best followed that up yesterday with a post saying he has been overwhelmed by the amount of support and kindness he has received in recent days in response to his story. The franchise is on a bit of a break for the moment, the next film “Star Wars: Episode IX” is about to go into production while the animated series “Star Wars: Resistance” is reportedly targeting an October launch date.