Pirates and Princesses recently reported the following:
‘Star Wars: The Mandalorian’ Creator Jon Favreau Believes Creatives Should Listen To Fans More
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter Favreau explains his position and how loving the franchise makes a difference.
“The fact of the matter is, as much as we love working on Star Wars, we love even more making Star Wars for other people. And when other people are excited by it, dig what we’re doing and are appreciative, that’s as good as it gets for us.”
“You put something out in the world, and then it echoes back at you. You have to listen. It’s not a one-way street. It’s a two-way street. You have to feel the energy of the audience. But when you come from comedy — and when I was doing improv back in Chicago — that’s it: You have to read the room, you have to feel the room. You have to be in community with the audience. You have to be part of it.”
Listening to the audience is a concept that runs in stark contrast to what Rian Johnson said about the fans. According to SyFy Wire, back in 2018, Rian told Fandango:
“I feel like every Star Wars thing that ever gets made has a big, loud response, because Star Wars fans are passionate, and that’s what makes them awesome,” he said. “And, you know… I don’t think it’s possible when you’re…if you’re really telling a story you care about, and having it come from your heart, it’s kind of … it’s just not possible to be intellectually processing, like, what everyone else wants. Nor would it be a good thing, a healthy thing. I don’t think that’s a good way to tell a story.”
According to IndiWire, Rian doubled down in 2019 during an interview for Radio.com:
“I think approaching any creative process with [making fandoms happy] would be a mistake that would lead to probably the exact opposite result,” Johnson said. “Even my experience as a fan, you know if I’m coming into something, even if it’s something that I think I want, if I see exactly what I think I want on the screen, it’s like ‘oh, okay,’ it might make me smile and make me feel neutral about the thing and I won’t really think about it afterwards, but that’s not really going to satisfy me.”
So which side of the fence do you think the legacy media falls on? Well, here’s a clue, from Brian Lowry of CNN, who wrote in 2018:
‘Star Wars’ should resist bowing to the force of its most vocal fans
Disney and Lucasfilm are dealing with the first conspicuous setback of their five-year-old corporate marriage, as “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has fallen far short of gargantuan box-office expectations. While the studio ponders whether that requires adjusting course, a small, rebellious and inordinately vocal quadrant of the fan community is delighting in — and deriving an unfortunate message from — those woes.
As politicians have discovered, there are tradeoffs involved in allowing the loudest and most belligerent voices — those prone to speaking in Sith-like absolutes — to define the terms of debate.
Hearing and being sensitive to what various fans want makes sense, but bowing to the force of a vocal contingent — one that’s perhaps a small minority — is a road fraught with peril. As Han solo himself once said, it’s not always possible to fly by committee.
Here’s what one critic wrote, when it was through that Rise of Skywalker was attempting to course-correct based on critical fan feedback from Outtake Magazine:
The real problem with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is its fear. Never has a movie been so afraid of itself, and of its audience. Episode IX is terrified of not giving Star Wars fans what they want, while simultaneously having absolutely no idea what it is they do want. When the plot of the movie leaked, many immediately dismissed it as fake; it was too stupid, too unbelievably awful to actually be true. In fact, we were so sure that the leaks were a prank that Outtake published wrote a whole article about it.
Then, the unthinkable happened. We collectively witnessed the leaks being confirmed on the big screen. Audiences witnessed The Rise of Skywalker undo everything that happened in The Last Jedi with reckless abandon, appease popular fan theories with utterly no regard for narrative cohesion, and suffocate itself in self-referential pandering to the original trilogy, especially Return of the Jedi. Within the first five minutes, the film hit a level of embarrassing stupidity that few could have ever imagined.
Clearly, the legacy media is not on the side of fans. They’re not interested in the natural relationship between consumers and producers. In fact, they live in a delusional fantasy land where that relationship doesn’t exist.
Rather, drones in the Collective like the ones in the legacy media, see themselves as cultural architects in some kind of 3rd World Ministry of Culture, where they decide what the consumer ought to consume. In their pea brains, the consumer simply has no choice other than to accept whatever they decide to produce. Of course, reality is the exact opposite.
So the legacy media will not tolerate someone like Jon Favreau listening to fans that they feel ought to be subjugated. Right now, a sizable portion of Star Wars fans seems to be satisfied with The Mandalorian. The longer that continues, the more the likelihood that the legacy media will turn on Jon Favreau increases.
Originally published here.