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$30M Pledged in Effort to Remake 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

The Last Jedi with Luke Skywalker, Rey, and Kylo Ren

Like millions of other millennials, I grew up loving "Star Wars." I was excited for the new trilogy, and a little unimpressed with "The Force Awakens" (2015). But "The Last Jedi" (2017) just went way too far. So I was excited to hear that producers have pledged $29,579,880 to remake the most recent film.

"Star Wars" has fallen on bad times. With a new movie every year since 2015, fans might be experiencing "Star Wars" fatigue — although I suspect there is something else to blame.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" (2018) is actually an excellent film, partially because — unlike the recent movies — it doesn't try to do too much. Even so, it flopped hard at the box office. Sure, the trailers didn't get me excited, but even a die-hard fan like me (my wife and I dress up all the time, you should see her Leia buns) was hesitant to see "Solo," less because of fatigue and more because of recurring disappointment.

I was excited for "The Force Awakens," and I liked it in theaters ... until I thought about it. The same was true for "Rogue One." But the problems snowballed with "The Last Jedi."

It seems I am far from alone. A group of producers have funded an effort to "Remake The Last Jedi," to the tune of nearly $30 million. When Rian Johnson, the director of "The Last Jedi," heard the news, he responded with no fewer than 11 iterations of the word "please," pleading that this would "actually happen."

The producers appear to be anonymous, but this audacious plan appears to be real. The fans behind the site explained that they loved the characters of Rey and Finn (John Boyega) from "The Force Awakens," but found them "one dimensional" and "boring" in the sequel. They also complained about Kelly Marie Tran's character Rose, who they vainly hoped (from the trailers) would be "bada**."

"It's hard to categorize the level of failure Rian Johnson achieved with The Last Jedi," the "Remake The Last Jedi" account tweeted.

The account also cited "sloppy storytelling": numerous rabbit trails and continuity errors in "The Last Jedi." For instance, in one scene Leia — who has never been trained to use the Force — not only survives in outer space, but can move herself back into a spaceship. If an untrained Force user can do this, why didn't Emperor Palpatine (also known as Darth Sidious) just pull himself back up after he was flung down in "The Return of the Jedi"? The account also attacked the Canto Bight subplot — THANK YOU!