When Christopher McQuarrie stepped in to defend his filmmaker friend Rian Johnson over his decisions regarding “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” helmer was subjected to a fraction of the regular online abuse and hatred that Johnson has been on the receiving end of since the release of ‘Last Jedi’.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” scribe Gary Whitta has now bravely stood up to that toxic element of “Star Wars” fandom to speak in Johnson’s defense. Whitta is quite intimately familiar with ‘The Last Jedi’ as he is writing the comic book adaptation of the film. Speaking with Jedi News, he says he probably would have written a very different and more predictable film than Johnson did, but it would not have been better:
“Look, I would not necessarily have made every choice that Rian made because I’m not the same person or writer or fan that he is, but I respect and admire and appreciate and support every choice he did make. The film he wrote is far braver and more mature and more challenging than I could ever have written.
I suspect that I would have written a more fan service-driven film that would have appeased some of that noisy minority but ultimately would have been a lesser and less important film because of it. Frankly, I’m disgusted by the treatment that Rian has received, he’s not just one of the most talented filmmakers working today but one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet in any walk of life, and both he and the film he made deserve far better.”
With the graphic novel adaptation, Whitta says he was able to do: “things I wanted to see, but without upending any of Rian’s intent.” This means certain scenes are seen from different points of view, while he was also able to include internal dialogue from Luke which further goes into his regrets, his strained relationship with the Force and his isolated existence.
The comments come as Bloomberg reports that Disney has started inquiring on regaining the TV rights to the older “Star Wars” movies so that they will be available to stream as part of their new streaming service launching next year.
Said enquiries have reportedly met with resistance from AT&T’s Turner Broadcasting System which has made TNT and TBS the exclusive cable home for most of the existing and upcoming movies.