Kevin Smith's prayers for Star Wars: Episode VII
Kevin Smith did a guest article for The Hollywood Reporter in which he gives some advice to Disney on what they should do with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. However, the article is more than that, it's actually a rather enduring look at Smith and one of his close childhood friends, Pete.
As many of you may know, Smith is a huge fan of the STAR WARS universe. While many of you may not have agreed with him in the past, I think that his love for "a galaxy far, far away" is told rather endearingly here and is well worth the five minutes it would take for you to read it.
For those who just want to get straight to the point and would rather not read Smith's well written article, then read the excerpt of where he talks about what he would do with the next film:
"With no access to the actual Star Wars films until the VCR was made affordable to the average consumer, we'd create our own Star Wars adventures. The best story (and the only one outside of the movie canon that we'd repeatedly play) wasn't about Luke and Leia: It was about inexplicable fan-fave Boba Fett -- the intergalactic bounty hunter who brings a carbonite-frozen Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt. The plot of our backyard adventure: Boba Fett gets trapped by robotic gunslinger IG-88 in a Star Wars universe time loop, sending him through all the movies as well as moments only referenced in the flicks. In some eras, he's a hero -- even getting to kiss Princess Leia instead of Luke (this was before Return of the Jedi made 'em relatives). Other times when the chrono-belt pulled him into another era, Fett's the villain he's always known as in the flicks. The time-travel plot allowed us to touch on the well-told stories of the movies we so adored, but it also gave us a chance to mash 'em up with the funkier flights-of-fancy Pete and I would manufacture. It was like an episode of Quantum Leap before that show ever existed, and it was our favorite Star Wars adventure."
"If Disney wants to make another cool billion dollars like it did with The Avengers last summer, all it needs to do is make a Boba Fett time-travel flick. It would center on a character everyone digs and allow for a greatest hits of Star Wars while playing with an already-established timeline, a la Back to the Future. You could use every living (and dead) actor from the previous Star Wars films, no matter what their age -- which means Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford can come and play as well. It'd be a dream come true for any Star Wars fan -- particularly those of us who opted out of the boring-ass real world every summer for galaxies far, far away."
Sound like a good plan?