The director and co-writer of Logan believes big movie franchises could scare off creatives if fans keep responding with anger instead of constructive criticism.
Writer/director Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi is, without question, the most polarizing release of 2017. While the film received mostly positive reviews from critics, it sparked heated debate among fans, many of whom have directed their displeasure toward Johnson and some of the film's stars on social media. Daisy Ridley and, more recently, Kelly Marie Tran were driven from Instagram by online harassment.
If sharing feedback with such vitriol continues, Mangold tweeted that believes "a lot of bolder minds" won't work on big franchises. Instead, the story will be created by "hacks & corp boards." Mangold also wrote filmmakers should be encouraged to follow "passion/story over universe building," adding that building a cinematic universe is "just a way to hook u 4 more $."
At the point when work writing & directing big franchises has become the emotionally loaded equivalent of writing a new chapter of The Bible (w/ the probable danger of being stoned & called a blasphemer), then a lot of bolder minds r gonna leave these films 2 hacks & corp boards.— Mangold (@mang0ld) July 5, 2018
If you feel that is the case, if u feel the film makers are just corporate tools and powerless, then why bitch at us? In the case of @rianjohnson and @chrismcquarrie, i assure you these cats are not “owned”. They actually fight your battles behind the scenes.— Mangold (@mang0ld) July 5, 2018
The fervor of some attacks has an evangelical ferocity. Now, I get it cause for many folk, including me, the SW saga holds tremendous spiritual power, similar to a religious text. But we must remember to try to handle our disappointments the way Yoda might, as opposed to Darth.— Mangold (@mang0ld) July 5, 2018
It's important to keep in mind that Mangold is not saying that filmmakers should be shielded from criticism. He's simply stating that if you're going to tell someone you dislike their work, don't let anger take the wheel; tweet at someone as if you were actually having an in-person conversation with them.
After all, it was the great Master Yoda who said, "anger leads to hate," and we all know where that path leads.