Veteran Filmmaker John Landis Weighs In On Lucasfilm Director Firings
Lucasfilm has already fired a total of four directors since they kickstarted their new Star Wars movies, and it’s starting to say something about the way the studio conducts business. Veteran filmmaker John Landis (Blue Brothers, Thriller, also the father of screenwriter Max Landis) weighs in on the issue and says that this does not look good on Lucasfilm’s image.
Speaking to Collider, Landis comments:
“I have many things that I’m working on, whether or not they’ll ever become real, I don’t know. You know Joe Dante and myself and a few other guys I know are in the same position. They’re not hiring people who have opinions. They think, ‘He knows what he’s doing, I’m not hiring him!’ Look at Star Wars. They keep firing guys. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, those guys are really talented. They’re really funny and original guys. They shot 75% of the movie and I gotta tell you, it doesn’t speak well for the new Lucasfilm. How many directors have they fired? Four. How many writers? Twelve.”
With a franchise as big as Star Wars, all these director firings could prove that Lucasfilm is trying their best to play it safe, not taking any risks with new creatives. To be fair, only Phil Lord and Chris Miller seem to have been fired based on their creative decisions alone. If we can believe the news, Josh Trank and Colin Trevorrow were sacked based on bad behavior. That, and the fact that their latest works, Fantastic Four and The Book of Henry respectively, weren’t received with the best reviews.
We can’t really do anything about Lucasfilm and all these director firings, but hopefully the studio gets more careful (but more creative) when it comes to picking their directors. We still have a whole bunch of anthology movies to look forward to, and hopefully this will give Lucasfilm the time to get the creatives back on their side.
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