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Why not academy award winning directors/writers?

Discussion in 'General Sequel Trilogy Discussion' started by Obi5Kenobi, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. Obi5Kenobi

    Obi5Kenobi Rebel General

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    George Lucas created Star Wars and it was his baby. The OT was wildly popular. He decided to direct all of the PT and it was less popular. It was still his baby though, and he had control over it and it was his call.

    Then Star Wars was sold to Disney. Star Wars was no longer a baby in the loving arms of its creator and was firmly in the realm of a product in the cold, mechanical clutches of a business.

    That business, Disney, practically prints its own money. With that in mind, why not use only the top of the top directors and writers for Star Wars? Why not simply look at the Oscar winning directors of the last 10 years and only offer these movies to them? I know Chris Terrio won an Oscar for writing on Argo, so there is that. But for JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson, no Oscars. As far as awards in general, on IMDB I see a lot of nominations for both but not a lot of wins.

    I know Star Wars isn't known for award winning direction, but why continue that legacy? Why not insist upon the best? Surely one or two Oscar winners would have accepted a Star Wars movie or two. And why not bring in a bunch of Oscar winning writers?

    I feel like the ST could have been GREAT instead of dividing the fanbase into people who really love it and those who really hate it. I think that division could have been avoided by not hiring JJ Abrams. I am a fan of both Star Wars and Star Trek. I saw what his 2009 Star Trek did to that franchise. That franchise's fanbase was split in half because of what he did to it. Why would Disney hire someone who has already divided a fanbase before?

    TL : DR: If you want the best product, and can afford it, why not hire only the best craftsmen?
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  2. RoyleRancor

    RoyleRancor Jedi General

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    They have to want to do it. Those people often don't want to work on big studio projects at that point in their career. They want to be auteurs and create their own thing. Not only that, but they have to be a fit.

    Chris Terrio won an Oscar for Argo.
    Chris Terrio also wrote three of the most befuddling major blockbusters in the last 5 years.
    Chris Terrio is clearly talented, but he doesn't seem to fit with these sorts of films.

    But hey, there is a guy who is poised to be nominated for multiple Oscars and possibly win one they could probably get back....Rian Johnson.
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  3. Phil J

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    Of course this would foster a climate of elitism.

    I get enough of that while reading those arts reviewers in the Telegraph. Also, it is worth noting that many skilled writers do not necessarily get the awards or recognition that other prominent writers get. Finally, there is the whole debate of the conflicting interests between commerce and artistic integrity.

    While I was unemployed, a lot of the time companies wanted people with experience but how was I was I to get experience if nobody was willing to give me a chance. Not to mention, it was disheartening to see these positions go to those less capable than me or for the same vacancies to reopen weeks later.

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