'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson taunted a campaign to remake the movie

  • A campaign has started online to remake “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” claiming that a group of producers will provide the budget.
  • The film’s director, Rian Johnson, mocked the campaign on Twitter, quoting one of its tweets and adding, “Please actually happen.”
  • A vocal subset of fans and internet trolls have voiced their disdain for the movie since its release in December, going so far as to hijack its Rotten Tomatoes audience score and send death threats to Johnson.
  • Johnson, meanwhile, is attached to write and direct a new trilogy of “Star Wars” films.

A new campaign to remake “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was heavily mocked on Twitter on Thursday, and the film’s director, Rian Johnson, joined in as well.

The campaign seems to have started this month, as a Twitter account named Remake The Last Jedi tweeted for the first time on June 14. But it gained attention this week after tweeting more than two dozen times on Wednesday and continuing through Thursday.

More and more people began to take notice, and several ridiculed the account and the campaign’s website, where people can pledge a certain amount of money “to have your voice heard.”

Johnson quoted a tweet from the campaign on Thursday and added, “Please please please please pleeeeeeeaaaase please actually happen please please please please please,” with numerous praying emoji.

While “The Last Jedi” made over $US1 billion worldwide ($US620 million in the US) and was a critical hit, a vocal subset of “Star Wars” fans and internet trolls have voiced their disdain for the movie since its release in December, particularly for its depiction of Luke Skywalker and Rey’s parentage.

A group last year claimed to have hijacked the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes audience score, which is now 46%, compared with its 91% critic score. Johnson even said he received death threats after the movie’s release.

Johnson has addressed the fan outcry against “The Last Jedi” in the past. In a December interview with Business Insider, Johnson said he didn’t take it personally if fans reacted negatively to the movie because he realised they were passionate. But he also said the “negative stuff” was “not the full picture of the fans.”

George Lucas “never made a ‘Star Wars’ movie by sitting down and thinking, ‘What do the fans want to see?'” Johnson said. “And I knew if I wrote wondering what the fans would want, as tempting as that is, it wouldn’t work, because people would still be shouting at me, ‘F— you, you ruined “Star Wars,”‘ and I would make a bad movie. And ultimately, that’s the one thing nobody wants.”

The “Star Wars” fandom has been particularly toxic since Disney took over the franchise, even driving stars like Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran off social media after being harassed.

But Johnson will probably get the last laugh. The filmmaker is on board to write and direct a new trilogy of “Star Wars” films, and Lucasfilm is reportedly putting future standalone films on hold to focus on what the next trilogy will be after “Episode IX” in 2019, so we’re likely to see more Johnson-directed “Star Wars” movies soon.

Even Seth Rogen had a back-and-forth with the campaign on Twitter on Thursday. Rogen at one point asked how it got investors when it had nothing to show, to which the campaign responded, “It’s a pretty solid brand.”

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