I was watching Elliot Roberts’ decidedly scathing review of Yesterday, and it got me thinking - that premise would probably work more with Star Wars. A world without Star Wars ever existing would be easier to portray than a world without The Beatles ever existing, especially since it’s more limited to film and television.
- Perhaps people are more familiar with the movies that inspired Star Wars?
- Would there be the same mainstream appreciation for directors like Kurosawa and the classic serials?
- What would the blockbuster and movie merchandising look like in today’s age? The blockbuster phenomenon would probably still happen (Jaws), but would the template be different?
- Whatever happened to the lesser and more known actors within the movie?
- Did Jodorowsky make his adaptation of Dune?
- Does Star Trek have a different fate, one where Planet of the Titans happened and different kinds of spin-offs existed?
- How does the '80s play out in pop culture, without Star Wars generating so many of the tropes of that decade’s popular media? Is the nostalgia boom different as a result?
…and the big one,
- What if George Lucas works with Coppola on his big Vietnam War movie? I find a Lucas-influenced or Lucas-edited Apocalypse Now a fascinating idea.
Also, pitching Star Wars in this different universe - would it ever get off the ground or was it purely a product of its temporal and locational context?