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#1304092
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations
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DominicCobb said:
You’re absolutely right that Lucas always tried to push the boundaries of what’s possible on Star Wars, and that isn’t really happening post-Lucas (besides Tarkin/Leia in Rogue One). It’s basically the reason he complained about them, according to Iger’s biography. From my perspective, though, it’s kind of a ‘who cares?’ sort of thing.

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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations
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Broom Kid said:

As time has gone on, and the number of movies I’ve watched has grown exponentially, I’ve found that i’d much rather a movie be good than be “new.” Movies taking chances and failing are still unpleasant to watch, even if the intentions were noble.

and that’s probably the line in the sand, I just feel the exact opposite here.

I also just don’t want to discount Lucas himself, however much credit you want to give him he did now famously complain that TFA didn’t try enough to be new. I understand you may not hold the new films to this responsibility, nor hold an essentially bitter jilted ex’s sour grapes about a franchise he sold off in highest esteem, to invoke some others with credentials for what it’s worth this opinion also is shared by those from James Cameron to Simon Pegg who has even personally worked with JJ, granted you’re entitled to feel differently about the direction but it’s not an unfounded expectation that each trilogy was supposed to be spectacle with each their own distinct “wow” factor. Granted not an easy task to live up to and even to sympathize with the studios, why take the risk?

Broom Kid said:
I think placing the burden of “the new” on Star Wars as a primary motivating factor for watching it is only complicating many people’s ability to enjoy the films for what they’re individually trying to be.

My want for the new is motivated to serve exactly that purpose, I want the new films to be individual, the want to strive to push further and be better and exceed boundaries to me is within the bones of the message of Star Wars, your mileage may vary and I understand what you mean by vague messaging stacking the deck so the ST will never win, but I think that’s again all the more reason actually not to compete with the usual fair or the past and instead win on its own terms and be its own.

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#1304026
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations
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I’m not asking for the same leaps, but different ones, unexpected and untested, previously the movies always had their own ambitions to up the ante, sometimes to their failure. I’d say it’s matter of taste what you prefer that makes it good, I would rather take the chance than have a well executed typical Star Wars movie in line with what we’ve seen before, to my perspective the recipe for disappointment is in trying to go back home again and recapture former glory, what I want isn’t my personal idea of what the sequels should be, but for them to forge their own path.

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#1304016
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Well I pretty much laid out I wasn’t automatically loyal to the brand, so no I don’t care so much who is making the most money or which brand is rated the highest. It’s what’s so special about Star Wars in a post Star Wars world. When the original Star Wars was made the team that would become ILM was flying by the seat of their pants, the technology that made the original films possible had to be invented, many didn’t believe in the film and it had no prior foundation of brand recognition to build upon. I personally take this context into consideration, and take the achievement of A New Hope as a pretty monumental one, enough that it not only worked, but changed the industry. So with that history there is a lot of expectation, seemingly impossible to live up to, but I’d like to see them try anyway. I know some might be fine if the new movies just looked like shinier versions of the old ones, with same but different adventures, I personally want to see the leap that Lucas made, to really push beyond what seemed possible. But the stakes are in the billions now so I understand why ST went throwback, but again I don’t care who makes the most money so I would have probably just preferred the version that audiences hated if it was a result of trying something really new.

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#1304002
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Maybe Star Wars hasn’t been unique for a long time, but with an original vision (that everyone would have hated) I think it at least would have had a chance to be remembered in its own way, I now mostly hear it lumped together with the sea of other sequel reboots that all happened/are happening around the same time. After Guardians of the Galaxy I wondered how Star Wars could top it for the kids who were already getting their first kind of sci-fi adventure that way. I didn’t care for Avatar but I still am intrigued with what James Cameron will do for the sequel, I probably won’t like the story there either but I’m sure it will have more of the ambition I would have hoped from a next generation Star Wars. I think that’s why some are so excited for Dune, I remember being cautiously hopeful even for Valerian to deliver more of that lush world. For it to be a special event the event should be special, lately seems what we’re supposed to feel special about is that it’s Star Wars by default, I’m not willing to bow in allegiance to brand alone.

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#1303504
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That’s what I expect too, and I wouldn’t blame ST if all future Star Wars shifted to exclusively streaming, more a change with the times. Hell, there should have been a live action show ages ago.

Broom Kid said:

Does anyone think watching Agents of SHIELD led to increased attendance for Marvel movies? Or had any effect on that attendance at all?

I’m calling apples to oranges here for a few reasons, though it isn’t a bad example. First being Agents of SHIELD largely failing to be a success, basically never achieved buzz for anything, fans were not making a choice between the movies or the show as the movies were the clear victors and the show itself seemed largely to be a low rent commercial for the movies anyway rather than its own thing. Netflix series like Daredevil made an impression but again were sort of downplayed, to the point where I’m not exactly sure what kind of limbo state those shows are in now. With Star Wars there is something more unique going on being the first of live action shows within the universe (AND placed in a time period within the saga fans seem to keep wanting to return to) and definitely is seeing production value much closer to that of the movies than a traditional network show. Fans never had this choice with Star Wars before, maybe they would have made it and bailed on the prequels if they had an equally budgeted KOTR show or the Mandalorian then.

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#1303491
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That is definitely dedication, I wouldn’t say I’m apathetic but I would be by comparison. For me the disinterest started at Rogue One. I never read any of the expanded universe books or comics or watched the animated shows, I played some of the games but just like I had a toy lightsaber I didn’t exactly go out of my way to do that, everyone had one. The movies I considered separate. I’d probably agree with Bob Iger they got a bit overzealous and started planning too many projects too fast, before now theatrically released Star Wars films were a semi-rarity, the special event. When I gave Rogue One a chance personally I found it to be less like a movie and more like a collection of cut scenes, I understand what people mean when they say the new action polished up with heightened realism brought them to a certain point of immersion with Star Wars they haven’t felt since they were a kid, but I felt like I had already done that with the video games and what was left rang a little hollow to me.

From there I figured I just didn’t have the investment to be as interested in seeing every anthology movie, unless it otherwise hooked me. When I went to see TLJ I was still excited, but by the time I was hit by the crawl I realized I just didn’t have the same feeling I did when the iconic theme played over TFA, the brand already felt sort of diluted in a way. I’m not actually very cynical, I didn’t expect to react that way, but it has changed the feeling in the air.

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#1303441
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Mocata said:

I think there’s a difference between what might be “true” fans who would say Disney SW isn’t real SW and “hardcore” fans who just enjoy SW. I don’t consider myself in either of these camps though, since I don’t care for the ultra gritty grey style of the spinoff media but will go see TROS… even though I don’t have much hope for it.

Yes! That’s a lot to do with it I believe, there is a feeling out there among a group that have decanonized “Disney Wars” and don’t take it seriously or see it more as a reboot, both hardcore and casual, even if it’s just nostalgia goggles. That would answer the question as to why they wouldn’t be in for a new Star Wars film, they don’t consider it Star Wars. I also have never watched anything made by Dave Feloni but I understand he has an inner circle seal of approval by fans and Lucas. That accounts for the hardcore contingent, are they Lucas loyalists? After all this time?

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#1303378
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The Kenobi <s>Movie</s> Show
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Personally I wouldn’t mind if there was a fair amount of story appropriate time jumping in the series, a lot of us probably would enjoy Qui-Gon as a force ghost but I also like the idea of limited flashbacks, even playing with the ages considering that’s basically the new CGI trope these days.

My ideal version would be old Ben, the wandering Jedi, roaming the desert in hiding, maybe caught between the dilemma of helping another or exposing himself to the new Empire on high alert to track him down, interspersed with reflective moments ruminating over his past with some familiar faces, some prequel redemption.

Sort of like…El Camino?

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#1303312
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DominicCobb said:

Does it? Are there hardcore fans in this thread who are unwilling to go?

There have been comments made on this forum if not this thread by those who have claimed to be not going, not that I am trying to lionize that side or suggest they represent the majority but to those who feel that way I would say fair enough, free to do as they choose. But I wouldn’t discount them as hardcore fans, especially if they’re here at all. I really don’t want to get caught into a semantics thing though with what qualifies as or defines hardcore, it’s about the segment of otherwise dedicated fans who don’t enjoy the current direction of the ST or anthology movies.

If so, I’d love to hear if Mandalorian would make them more likely to because I don’t understand that line of thinking.

That’s sort of twisting my question as though it were my conclusion, I wanted to lay out the optimistic scenario and pessimistic for discussion. With respect to the former, the idea to me isn’t so far-fetched that the Mandalorian as a success wouldn’t also function as an extended advertisement for not just Disney+ but Star Wars generally as a hype machine, getting everyone talking about new Star Wars content overall and being more in the spirit to readily accept where they may have previously reacted apprehensively i.e. Solo.

Mandalorian was not going to be a film. The Boba Fett movie was a separate project.

Is this not splitting hairs a little? And what about the Kenobi series?

For hardcore fans I don’t really believe that’s true for the most part.

For any fans what they respond to the most will be the leading creative direction of Star Wars for the foreseeable future. And with the two projects contrasted in tone being released within only a month of each other, due to the proximity alone I find it feels like turning a blind eye to presume both can exist in a vacuum without some influence on the fate of the other.

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#1303246
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DominicCobb said:

Hardcore fans are going to see TROS either way. Mandalorian will have nothing to do with it.

The question was specifically about fans who were polarized and not going, I think this thread alone shows you can both be a hardcore Star Wars fan and still be unwilling to see TRoS, at least in theaters.

I don’t understand the idea that’s constant floated around here that people will only see the new Disney Star Wars thing if they liked the last one, these are separate projects and audiences are generally smart enough to understand that. Anyway, if the reception of a previous project will determine the success of the next, by that metric shouldn’t Mandalorian be in potential jeopardy because of Solo and TLJ? No. The truth is Mandalorian will do big numbers, but they will obviously nothing compared to TROS, and neither will have much to do with the other.

Well, considering there originally was going to be a Mandalorian based movie and now we’re even getting the same treatment for the upcoming Kenobi series I would say yes it is a factor. Really isn’t just about a single movie either it’s the whole direction of the brand and how fans feel about it. I agree the two projects won’t have much to do with each other, another way to say that is you could pick one without needing to see both. The question is does that satisfy the split (however hypothetically large or small) within the demographics of fans who are happy/unhappy with the ST, or lead to greater fracturing or at least compartmentalizing between the groups and respective content?

If anything Mandalorian is a risk for TROS’s potential. We’ve never had live action Star Wars on the small screen, and Mandalorian looks to be feature film quality. If audiences see that they can just get Star Wars in the comfort of their living room, they might be less incentivized to go out for it. But again, that’s not hardcore fans, who will show up either way.

It is part of the broader theatrical vs streaming conversation, for sure. Truly I don’t have the answer, was trying to leave room for opinion, I really can’t say if the Mandalorian undercuts IX or hypes everyone up for more after they’ve completed the first season. My point though being the success or failure of any of these projects does influence the surrounding universe movies and their potential future.

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#1303204
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Here’s a question, how do we factor in The Mandalorian if it proves to be a hit with the same hardcore fans (for lack of a better word) who may have been polarized by the ST? Does it help or hurt IX’s numbers either as a sign of good faith and renewed interest or be just more incentive to stay home and watch their Star Wars the way they like it?

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#1302698
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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ray_afraid said:

fmalover said:

Is there a reason why the Hutts are all portrayed in a negative way?

Seriously, they are always slimy scumbags, and I don’t recall a single Hutt with genuinely noble intentions.

This has bugged me, too.
In TPM some guy says “The Hutts are gangsters!” Like, all of em? The entire species?
Stupid.

I don’t find it stupid unless Star Wars is stupid, what about the Tusken Raiders? It’s way more classic fantasy in that way, the flying monkeys are bad, the orcs are evil orcs, unlike Warcraft orcs.

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#1302697
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New Star Wars films to be produced and written by D. Benioff and D.B. Weiss <em>- no longer</em>
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The obvious followup question is what happens to Rian but that should be its own discussion, still, he was said to also be working with Benioff & Weiss, did one project overtake the other? What was the potential partnership? Of course the story from their end is they left amicably and of their own choosing but from all sides what’s the real story?

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#1302692
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New-ish Disney+ Artwork
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Font choice is always a gamble, I just picture six people crowded around a monitor looking at 20 slightly different samples slowly going mad at 3am, very relatable by the way. What really stands out for me is that hard break between real Drew Struzan oil paints to photoshop by the end, I know there is painted artwork of the sequel characters more consistent with the older posters, they really all should look like a legacy set by the end.