Have You Heard About The “Remake The Last Jedi” Campaign? Yes, This Is Real, Not A Joke

Okay, there are fans that enjoyed Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with some even saying it’s their favourite since the Empire Strikes Back. And there are fans that disliked the film. Myself I enjoyed it, not as much as The Force Awakens or Rogue One, but enjoyed it none the less. Now people have every right to dislike a film. But this, this takes it to a whole new level folks.

An account called ‘Remake The Last Jedi‘ (Yep this is how immature some people have gotten over a movie, make believe movie) tweeted about their plans to remake Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, writing:

“Our team of producers is offering to cover the budget for a remake of The Last Jedi in order to save Star Wars. Share this and spread the word to let @RobertIger & @Disney know you want this! This isn’t a joke, we’re ready to have the convo now! #RemakeTheLastJedi #StarWars”.

Yep, they are actually serious, despite it sounding like a joke. This is fan entitlement at it’s most immature. What’s done is done. I don’t like Quantum of Solace or Rocky 5. I watched them, didn’t enjoy them and moved on and watched something else. There are films that I think that were alright or average, were weak additions to the franchise they were part of like: Star Trek Beyond, X-Men Last Stand, Terminator 3, The Enforcer, Attack of the Clones, A View to a Kill, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Jurassic Park III and funnily enough the latest Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Each had good parts, but were just alright. (The latter, brilliant opening) You can’t just declare you are just going to go an remake a movie because you didn’t like it. And think that a Studio will let you do so, it’s delusional. I’d laugh if it wasn’t so pathetic.

 I’m a Mark Hamill Joker fan. He IS the voice of the Joker. Actually speaking of Mark, he wasn’t the only one to comment on this campaign. In fact other celebrities such as Frank Oz, Rian Johnson and oddly enough even Seth Rogen engaging in a conversation about it.

Frank Oz was left in disbelief. Mentioning many other better things the money could go towards.

While Last Jedi director Rian Johnson joked with them saying “please please please please pleeeeeeeaaaase please actually happen please please please please please”, followed by a string of praying emojis.

Seth Rogen on the other hand (Btw if you are familiar with the 2009 film Fanboys, he plays the pimp in that with the Anakin & Jar Jar back tattoo) instead of retweeting, actually had a dialog with the user of the Remake The Last Jedi account. Along with a couple of suggestions for Fanboys 2.

That I would back. Sort have like Fanboys meets Be Kind Rewind. Now Seth brought up money. In fact so did Frank Oz. Since the person behind this account has said they will be offering to cover the cost of the remake. Though they do have a site asking for pledges for the film. The opening to the site states the following:

“This is a campaign to provide Disney an opportunity to course correct with the Star Wars franchise.  The fans are completely divided and the core goal of Star Wars has been abandoned.  The goal is to not make one half of the fandom happy over the other, it is to make a film that the fandom in general as a whole enjoys.”  

“The hero archetype’s of the original films is what made these so great, it made characters that everyone could relate to regardless of their background and beliefs.  No longer having this core element along with poor storytelling, has made the franchise divisive and in disarray. “

“The producers behind this have pledged to cover the budget, but you can pledge an amount to have your voice heard.  You DO NOT have to put financial or personal information in, just an email address and a pledge.”

Which unbelievably as of writing the pledge has reached over 83 million dollars. I am NOT kidding. But something doesn’t sit right with it.

Not only that but depending on how much you pledged you can get a reward, again I’m being serious. They have a reward level.

This is madness. With promises of being in the remake, tickets to it’s premiere, a prop from the remake, your name in the credits. It’s beyond words. This is an actual thing. Now what’s a pledge? A Pledge is a solemn binding promise to do, give, or refrain from doing something: signed a pledge never to reveal the secret; a pledge of money to a charity. While you may think of a pledge as a promise, it is actually a contract. Therefore, its enforceability is governed by general contract law and more specifically, by the applicable state law. And that’s alot of money pledged. Question is what happens when LucasFilm/Disney say no to who ever is behind Remake The Last Jedi or if they file a cease and desist.

What’s going to happen to all those people who have pledged?  In fact is there ANY evidence that people have pledged money? That amount of money to turn up in just over a week is beyond fishy. How do I know that? This was their Tweet last Thursday of the pledge amount:

But it gets even weirder folks. Because this might not just be just a “fan” graving for attention. A lot of sites have been reporting this as a fan campaign to remake The Last Jedi. Which is believable with the Twitter account, but the site makes it again,very fishy. And then you have the CEO of Geek’s + Gamers, Jeremy Griggs not only saying that he knows who is behind the Remake The Last Jedi campaign, but that he is in fact a Producer, a Hollywood Producer. Not only confirming that via Tweet but also in a video too. About 3:20 in.

Jeremy states in his video:

“Okay, so this Remake The Last Jedi, here’s what I know, okay. Because I tweeted or I retweeted it the other day and I said I’ve spoken with the Producers behind it and it’s legit. What I mean by that is it’s a legitimate project. I’m not saying that it’s gonna happen, I don’t think it’s going to happen. I’ve talked to the Producers multiple times. They reached out to me via probably maybe a month ago maybe, maybe a little more than that. And at first I looked at the email I’m like what the hell is this? And then I talked to the person behind it. Did the research of the person on IMDb, the person is a legitimate Hollywood Producer. A Producer that works on movies that you have more than likely heard of. No I cannot get that information out and I will not give that information out”

Now it is odd that if this is indeed a legit Hollywood Producer, why he would contact a YouTube Channel. And this course of action, wouldn’t that be career suicide? Now the Channel Geek’s + Gamers has a reputation to stirring the pot. Coming off like an online National Enquirer. But while he’s right that this project will never see the light of day, this does make him a lead to who is behind the Remake The Last Jedi campaign. Sooner or later though, people are going to find out who it is, whether it’s a Fan or Producer.

It’s just beyond words isn’t it. Shaking your head in disbelief. All this because someone didn’t like a film. There are people that didn’t like the Star Wars Prequels. Like Episode VIII, they have their reason. But no amount of anger and yelling is going to get them remade, that’s never going to happen either. What’s done is done. People have grown up with these films, a generation of Fans got into Star Wars because of these films. Yes some Fans created petition to have them remade, but it was nothing like this. This is nothing more than Fan entitlement at it’s most immature.

This campaign has gone viral, it’s being talked about not just by Fans but even members of LucasFilm and celebrities. There’s a good chance already that LucasFilm/Disney are already aware of it. And one of two things are going to happen.

  1. They say “no”. And that’ll be the end of it.
  2. They order a cease and desist. Which would probably be reported more than the former.

It’s not going to get remade. This be this weeks main Star Wars headline until LucasFilm/Disney comment on it. To the person behind the Remake The Last Jedi Campaign, if you are indeed a Producer, good luck. Because this might end up hurting your reputation in the film industry. And if you have pledged, I hope you don’t get screwed over with some sort have scam. Because a jump from $39,000 to over $83,000,000 is beyond fishy.

Honestly this has been on of the craziest things I have seen on the internet in a long, long time. It’s a bit of an embarrassing time to be a Star Wars Fan at the moment.

Wow that ended up a lot longer than I though.

Connor Heggie