Out of the Blue

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jdreyer wrote on Sep 6, 2017, 04:29:
El Pit wrote on Sep 6, 2017, 02:31:
Trevorrow is out as director of Star Wars: Episode IX. There have been rumours about him and Kennedy not getting along very well for a few weeks, so it is not a big surprise. With so many Star Wars movies having troubles (massive reshoots, directors replaced during the shoot, and so on) I wonder when will Disney step in and force choke Kennedy out of the way.

I don't know what the original Rogue One would have looked like, but I heard Kennedy ordered massive reshoots. And it came out fine. So I'll trust her instincts until it bears rotten fruit.

She got rid of Lord and Miller for the Han Solo movie. Which is mind boggling, b/c they are some of the hottest directors working. But the proof's in the pudding, and if it comes out fine, then that was the right call.

Also, I don't have a high opinion of Colin Treverrow. Jurassic World sucked.

With Lord and Miller, they're improve directors. Improv is really, really hard to make funny (see: Baywatch. Or don't, I sure didn't), but those two really nail it. But Kennedy doesn't want improve, because it's too loose and goofy for a character like Han Solo. I get that. I also get why the crew, hired not expecting to work improve, hated it. For me, not a huge SW fan, I probably would have liked that film better, but the Ron Howard version will be more true to the vision the handlers wanted rather than two loose cannon directors (this whole thing seems avoidable prior to hiring them, during negotiations.)

I don't think JW sucked, it was watchable and the second best JW movie (low bar), but yeah, I believe I've railed against it here before. The concept was cool, which the director had zilch to do with, but a lot of it was mediocre to bad, and those are the elements the director had everything to do with. Most specifically, there were way too many tone issues. In JP, when people died, it was horrifying, but the worst deaths were saved for the people who deserved it, and they were mostly off screen (if I remember.) In JW, they still wanted to horrify us, but the creative team took way more glee in creating over the top deaths which were meant to make us cringe and smile. Except they went to innocent people, not people who deserved it. You can't make us smile in joy as someone innocent dies in the kind of movie they were trying to make.

After his new film flopped hard critically and commercially, I'm not surprised Disney lost confidence.
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