It's no secret that the critically acclaimed Star Wars: The Last Jedi divided the franchise's fans, resulting in a petition to demand writer/director Rian Johnson admit it's "awful," an edit of the film that removes all of the women, and months of online harassment that drove actor Kelly Marie Tran off of Instagram. The latest effort to "correct" The Last Jedi comes in the form of a campaign to remake the Star Wars sequel, and it may have found a surprising supporter in Johnson.
The producers of the effort, called simply Remake The Last Jedi, claim they already have enough to cover the budget, and are merely accepting "pledges" so like-minded fans can "have your voice heard." No financial information is taken, therefore no one is actually charged; the symbolic pledge total stands at more than $64 million. They also intend to crowdsource the proposed remake's screenplay.
Johnson, who routinely engages on Twitter with some of The Last Jedi's harshest critics, responded to the campaign with, "please please please please pleeeeeeeaaaase please actually happen please please please please please."
please please please please pleeeeeeeaaaase please actually happen please please please please please ?????????????????????????? https://t.co/mNpSjgovax
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 21, 2018
While Johnson is joking, the people behind Remake The Last Jedi are most definitely serious, if not exactly realistic, as their plan is intended to serve as a "course correct" for Star Wars, and would require Disney to place on hold all of the franchise films in development, beginning with Episode IX.