How STAR WARS can get back to it’s indie roots, or a boy can dream, can’t he?
Quick poll: Who else wants to see an indie Star Wars film?
Do you hear that? It’s the sound of all the air being sucked out of the room, more specifically,
it’s the sound a Star Wars film makes when released. Since May of 1977,
Star Wars has held a rare place in cinema; each time a film is released,
it assumes total market dominance. The addition of solid leadership by
superstar producer, Kathleen Kennedy, and the backing of Disney’s
marketing machine means there is no end in sight for the franchise. This
gives them great power, but as Luke’s new bunkmate Spiderman will tell
‘With great power comes great responsibility.’
There are sequels and prequels and ‘stand alone’ plans, Han Solo origin story anyone? Certainly, we will have Star Wars films for years to come. That’s the good news.
The bad news?
Well, they’re all going to be giant tent pole films. Don’t get me wrong; I
love a good CGI extravaganza as much as the next guy but isn’t it
possible the fans could burn out on event after event? It seems to be
working fine for Marvel (also acquired by Disney) and for Transformers,
though the latter has a multi-year break between pictures.
I could be totally wrong about this, but in celebration of Star Wars
creator George Lucas, an indie filmmaker more interested in
documentaries and tone poems (early music videos without the band, or
the group, or sometimes the music) I’ve compiled a list of nine indie
Star Wars films. They’re cheap to make and easy to sell. Why open one
Star Wars film every year when you can open two?…