Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released theatrically just six months ago, but writer/director Rian Johnson is already a veteran when it comes to absorbing and responding to harsh criticism and outright hate from Star Wars fans. He's seen petitions to get the film removed from the official canon, abuse hurled at his cast, and even death threats aimed his way, but over the last few days a new anti-Last Jedi movement landed that's likely new even to Johnson: A campaign to completely remake his movie.
A far-fetched fan campaign dubbed simply "Remake The Last Jedi" went live on Twitter June 14, complete with a website asking for fan fundraising pledges and a plan to convince Disney to work with the organizers to completely rewrite and remake the film. You can head over to their Twitter page to read the details, but it's clear that this is not an attempt to just make an unlicensed fan film. The organizers of the campaign want to gather together a group of fans to make a whole new version of The Last Jedi (apparently with the same $200 million budget, somehow) that will be, in their words, "as close to universally accepted as possible."
This week, recent tweets from the campaign went viral, which led to some notable celebrity responses. Actor, writer, and producer Seth Rogen and Star Wars: Aftermath author Chuck Wendig had questions about the campaign, and Rogen even decided to take his directly to the source in an attempt to figure out more details. Johnson, who's remained very active with Star Wars fans on Twitter, also noticed. Here's his response:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide and currently ranks eighth on the all-time top-grossing domestic films list and 11th on the all-time top-grossing worldwide films list. Some of that money was certainly earned from a contingent of moviegoers who walked away unhappy, but it's definitely a stretch to even consider the idea that Disney would toss the film away in favor of a fan-sourced remake. Obviously the fans who organized this campaign feel differently, but for Johnson, this seems like just another chance to have a little fun on social media.