Looks like Episode IX will be about our own planet right here and now, rather than a long time ago in a galaxy, far, far away.
Enter air-head Kathleen Kennedy, in an interview with Vanity Fair from May 2019. Readers of this blog may recall the photoshop scandal from that article.
Kathleen said in the May 2019 Vanity Fair article:
Because regardless of whether or not Star Wars has changed since 1977, the world around it has, profoundly. “There’s a loss of innocence, a sense of innocence that existed in the 70s that I don’t think to any extent exists today,” Kennedy says. “I think that has to permeate the storytelling and the reaction to the stories and how they’re set up. It has to feel differently because we’re different.”
Lev Grossman stupidly wrote:
We know things, as a people and as an audience, that we didn’t know back then. For example: back then it felt sort of O.K. to like Darth Vader, because even though he was evil he was also incredibly cool, and the kind of fascism he represented felt like a bogeyman from the distant past. But now fascism is rising again, which makes the whole First Order subplot look super-prescient, but it also reminds us that fascism is not even slightly cool in real life.
Written like an adolescent who wasn’t alive “back then” and therefore has no idea what they’re talking about, because their idiot professors don’t teach them anything even remotely resembling reality.
“Evil needs to feel and look very real,” Kennedy says, “and what that means today may not be as black-and-white as it might have been in 1977, coming off a kind of World War II sensibility.”
Nah. Today it’s blue and red. But my guess is that Kathleen fell asleep during any World War II documentary that her boyfriends made her watch. So everything she knows about World War II likely comes from Indiana Jones.
Originally published here