I felt great disturbance in the Force, as if the Fandom Menace cried out with delight and we suddenly silenced. I think something wonderful has happened. I'd better get on with reporting the details.
What's Up Star Wars Fans, my name is Prince, and I am an Urban Acolyte.
So if you have no idea what I'm talking about--there was a bit of drama for several hours yesterday regarding the trilogy Star Wars trilogy that Rian Johnson is writing and producing.
At some point yesterday, a rumor started that a director was stepping down from a big name movie project. I am not sure if it was said to specifically be Rian Johnson stepping down from his Star Wars project, but Jeremy Conrad posted a tweet on his personal account @manabyte that he was hoping a rumor wasn't true about a director leaving their project. He posted a gif of Yoda, to imply that it was related to Star Wars.
I don't know where the rumor started, but I believe it was getting picked up from a discussion on Reddit. From there, a movie news site called "Super Bro Movies" was the first to post the news.
Their post said "multiple sources were reporting that Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is no longer developing a Star Wars trilogy for Lucasfilm." Now the news of Rian's project was announced before the release of The Last Jedi. He would write and produce the trilogy along with directing the first film. It was to focus on new characters and explore a new part of the galaxy never seen before in Star Wars.
The news basically avalanched after Super Bro Movies posted their piece, as other media outlets such as Screen Rant and Comicbook.com jumped on the news, reporting on their sites, and many other sites soon followed. I jumped to Twitter as soon as I saw what was happening, but all I could see were either other sites posting the news or random people making up "The Fandom Menace" tweeting their Master Gamer Geek friend or posting "Praise Jesus" memes-- like you needed to pray that Rian Johnson would get fired?
Seriously, some people really need to get outside more. I mean, I will acknowledge that there's been a vocal minority of Star Wars fans who did not like The Last Jedi, and some media outlets report that the controversial film split the fandom despite the Last Jedi making over a billion dollars and setting impressive records for Blu-Ray and DVD sales. I'm just saying-- the money doesn't lie. All that stuff about the audience numbers on Rotten Tomatoes can be faked, but money doesn't lie--same thing with the Venom movie-- if critics hate it, and the audience loves it--it's the box office numbers that determine what the studio will do, in the end.
The Last Jedi made a lot of money. It's still making money. Bob Iger pretty much said that he made a mistake pushing Lucasfilm to release Solo last May, and having a Star Wars film in Q4 would have helped Disney finish 2018 on a good note.