I’ve been rolling this whole thing around in my head for the last month. Really a few months, since this was the threatened direction for the next Ghostbusters film. A film that I’ve been waiting for since 1989. I’ve wanted more Ghostbusters and now it’s actually going to happen. I’m going to get what I wished for… but you know what they say… be careful what you wish for, you may actually get it.
About five and a half years ago, I even listed Paul Feig on a post about who should direct a third Ghostbusters film. I had found a list of potential directors on a couple of sites, and added Feig to the list, so in the words of Egon Spengler, “I blame myself.” At the time, I said:
“Paul Feig is a director that was also the creator of the short lived, but brilliant show Freaks and Geeks. He’s directed many of the funniest episodes of such shows as The Office and Arrested Development. His comedy style seems like it’d be a good fit for a new Ghostbusters, as he is able to capture the feel of the 80s so well in Freaks and Geeks, which wouldn’t necessarily matter for a modern day GB film, but it would at least keep the overall feel of the series thus far intact. I wouldn’t mind seeing his name attached to the helm.”
What a difference five years makes. Feig has directed a bunch of movies that I’ve never seen. I’ve only seen about 20 minutes of Bridesmaids, and didn’t enjoy it. And now Feig loves working with women. There’s nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. The problem lies in the makeup of the team. If Feig had said that he was continuing the story with a new team that would include women, I wouldn’t have a problem with that. Over the years there have been many women that have been on the team. Having a team with at least one guy opens up the property so that boys and girls alike can watch and enjoy it, and see someone that they could dream that they might one day grow up to become. Seeing someone of your own gender in a role gives you something to aspire to.
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If you’ve not seen Revenge of the Sith by now, this article will be spoiler filled, so avoid if you need to. However, if you’ve read my other articles, you already know all of the stuff here anyway, so read on.
There is one pretty big inconsistency in the Star Wars films that I don’t know the answer to.
How does Leia remember her mother?
It seems there are many theories about why, in Return of the Jedi, Leia says that her mother was “very beautiful. Kind, but…sad.”
When you look back on the Star Wars prequels, there is one thing that doesn’t stand out as very obvious at first. There weren’t many introduced mysteries that we absolutely had to get the answers to. Instead, most of the mysteries were laid bare for us to see as if we were the ones writing the screenplays. This wasn’t true all the time, of course, but in those cases, the mysteries weren’t character driven enough, or sweeping enough to cover the trilogy.
Mystery Boxes are those mysteries that occur when you’re watching a movie or TV series brings up a bunch of questions that you feel the need to know the answers to. They happen very frequently at the beginning of the original Star Wars film, A New Hope.
A few months ago I had an idea that, while imperfect, could have resulted in a much better response to The Phantom Menace. Would the movie play better if every Neimoidian character was replaced with a human in an Imperial officer uniform? What a way to start planting the seeds of the Empire early, by making them the Trade Federation. Read to see how this change might have effected all three of the prequels. I haven’t thought through all of these ideas, but I feel like even these subtle changes would make for much stronger films, even as they already are.
Let’s start with The Phantom Menace.
It’s been called the biggest twist in motion picture history. It was known by no one on the set when they filmed the scene, except for Mark Hamill, who was told by George Lucas only moments before they filmed. The true fate of the father of Luke Skywalker.
This is something that I think could be retained if the prequels were ever rebooted. As one person recently said at Comic-Con, how could anyone take that twist away from future audiences? With the creation of Episodes I-III, it was very clear that the secret wouldn’t be able to be maintained. Especially with the obvious nature of the direction of the story.
My thoughts on possible solutions?