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Kevin Smith's prayers for Star Wars: Episode VII

Nov. 8, 2012by: Niki Stephens

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?

Source: THR

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9:55PM on 11/10/2012

Man all you gotta do is mention Kev's name and everything turns red...

I think it's a pretty convoluted idea for a movie, but I don't think he seriously expects it to get made. It's a nice article if a bit abrupt. I knew about the kid Kevin had played with (from the podcasts) but never knew that he had died like that. That sucks.
I think it's a pretty convoluted idea for a movie, but I don't think he seriously expects it to get made. It's a nice article if a bit abrupt. I knew about the kid Kevin had played with (from the podcasts) but never knew that he had died like that. That sucks.
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11:20PM on 11/09/2012
I'm guessing most people here didnt read the full articule and dont know the back ground story of what hes talking about which is his friend pete. Its a touching story and one I enjoyed reading.
I'm guessing most people here didnt read the full articule and dont know the back ground story of what hes talking about which is his friend pete. Its a touching story and one I enjoyed reading.
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5:32PM on 11/09/2012
Awww, go easy on the big, unhappy douche. Nobody at Disney gives a rat's ass what he thinks or says . . .
Awww, go easy on the big, unhappy douche. Nobody at Disney gives a rat's ass what he thinks or says . . .
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3:25PM on 11/09/2012
Dbl post.
Dbl post.
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3:21PM on 11/09/2012

Wow

That's actually a really horrible idea. How you could possibly have a time travel concept in which you revisit the times of the earlier movies and not fuck up the cannon completely? Oh that's right, you can't.
Something he's missing is that Back to the Futures whole premiss is that things get changed and it causes problems but it can be resolved cause you're not trying to keep the past 50 years of the story in order like you would have to for Star Wars.
That's actually a really horrible idea. How you could possibly have a time travel concept in which you revisit the times of the earlier movies and not fuck up the cannon completely? Oh that's right, you can't.
Something he's missing is that Back to the Futures whole premiss is that things get changed and it causes problems but it can be resolved cause you're not trying to keep the past 50 years of the story in order like you would have to for Star Wars.
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10:19AM on 11/09/2012

thats a cute idea he had as a kid

it would make a crap movie though.
it would make a crap movie though.
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9:41AM on 11/09/2012
I'm pretty sure he's being sarcastic here. Though I would not like to see that idea in a movie, I think it would make an interesting infinities comic. Maybe Smith needs to get on that. Then it can all end with Kevin and Pete sitting in the backyard with their action figures.
I'm pretty sure he's being sarcastic here. Though I would not like to see that idea in a movie, I think it would make an interesting infinities comic. Maybe Smith needs to get on that. Then it can all end with Kevin and Pete sitting in the backyard with their action figures.
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8:18AM on 11/09/2012
I'm sure there are an infinite number of fantastic stories you can tell in the Star Wars universe, none of which involve time-travel.
I'm sure there are an infinite number of fantastic stories you can tell in the Star Wars universe, none of which involve time-travel.
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6:49AM on 11/09/2012

Sigh. Sounds stupid.

Honestly...I don't mind that he's just reminiscing about childhood playdates, but just cuz he's Kevin Smith doesn't make his childhood playdates anymore useful as real movie ideas than anyone else.
Honestly...I don't mind that he's just reminiscing about childhood playdates, but just cuz he's Kevin Smith doesn't make his childhood playdates anymore useful as real movie ideas than anyone else.
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6:09AM on 11/09/2012

Silly !!

Time travel in the Starwars Universe ? Has that guy ever read a Starwars book ? This aint Terminator !
And Bobba Fett is not and must never be a major character.
But yes it would be nice to have Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford back.
Hopefully in a movie that won't go against dozens of books that have already expanded the story, some of them in very decent manner.
Time travel in the Starwars Universe ? Has that guy ever read a Starwars book ? This aint Terminator !
And Bobba Fett is not and must never be a major character.
But yes it would be nice to have Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford back.
Hopefully in a movie that won't go against dozens of books that have already expanded the story, some of them in very decent manner.
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5:26AM on 11/09/2012

It gets a green for the nostalgic article.

I too remember playing with SW action figures in the back yard of my neighbors house dreaming of one day we were gonna make a SW movie. We acted out some scenes that were in Empire on the planet Hoth with our snow speeders, we put match sticks in the little grills at the back and lit them and made them spiral out of control on fire careful not to burn ourselves. We would act out some crucial scenes that were forever changing to suit our needs and the swing set was always the rebel base. You
I too remember playing with SW action figures in the back yard of my neighbors house dreaming of one day we were gonna make a SW movie. We acted out some scenes that were in Empire on the planet Hoth with our snow speeders, we put match sticks in the little grills at the back and lit them and made them spiral out of control on fire careful not to burn ourselves. We would act out some crucial scenes that were forever changing to suit our needs and the swing set was always the rebel base. You cant beat a great imagination. Ahh those were the good ol days.
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12:53AM on 11/09/2012
I think you have too read the entire article to make a well thought out comment,I think the people who hate Smith might still hate him but maybe not so ready too con deem him it.
Maybe the article reminds me of the innocence of that era and how cool it was too play Star Wars .
I think you have too read the entire article to make a well thought out comment,I think the people who hate Smith might still hate him but maybe not so ready too con deem him it.
Maybe the article reminds me of the innocence of that era and how cool it was too play Star Wars .
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12:42AM on 11/09/2012
that sounds pretty badass, i'd see the boba fett time travel movie
that sounds pretty badass, i'd see the boba fett time travel movie
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11:53PM on 11/08/2012
Kevin Smith BS translator: "Please hire me. I want to be Joss Whedon so badly."
Kevin Smith BS translator: "Please hire me. I want to be Joss Whedon so badly."
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11:16PM on 11/08/2012

for a Star Wars geek like Smith

this is the stupidest fucking thing EVER
this is the stupidest fucking thing EVER
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9:38PM on 11/08/2012
I'm all for more Boba Fett, but not like this.

It's not a terrible idea, but Star Wars hasn't even touched on time-travel, so I feel as if it would be too much of a stretch.

I wouldn't mind seeing Fett in the next movies, but I doubt it will be anything more than a subplot or brief appearance.

Now with that being said, they could definetly make a TV series out of the "Bounty Hunter Wars" book trilogy which featured Boba Fett. (the books start off during the events of Return of the
I'm all for more Boba Fett, but not like this.

It's not a terrible idea, but Star Wars hasn't even touched on time-travel, so I feel as if it would be too much of a stretch.

I wouldn't mind seeing Fett in the next movies, but I doubt it will be anything more than a subplot or brief appearance.

Now with that being said, they could definetly make a TV series out of the "Bounty Hunter Wars" book trilogy which featured Boba Fett. (the books start off during the events of Return of the Jedi, with Fett escaping/killing the Sarlac)

I imagine having less lightsabre fighting would help keep the budget down on a TV series, and if that's the case, Bounty Hunters are the way to go!
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9:37PM on 11/08/2012
Kevin, I'll give you money for a Big Mac if you'll shut your hole and go back into 'retirement'.
Kevin, I'll give you money for a Big Mac if you'll shut your hole and go back into 'retirement'.
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9:12PM on 11/08/2012

no

That sounds fucking stupid. Maybe the problem with Star Wars is we just need to keep it away from fat bearded guys?
That sounds fucking stupid. Maybe the problem with Star Wars is we just need to keep it away from fat bearded guys?
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9:05PM on 11/08/2012
I never understood the love for Boba Fett. To me he was just a featured extra. I didn't even realize he had a name till a hardcore Star Wars fan told me. I never saw anything cool about him. He was just another random guy in a suit that got his ass kicked pretty easily.
I never understood the love for Boba Fett. To me he was just a featured extra. I didn't even realize he had a name till a hardcore Star Wars fan told me. I never saw anything cool about him. He was just another random guy in a suit that got his ass kicked pretty easily.
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3:25PM on 11/09/2012
Same here. While i've never seen his first appearance in the Christmas Special or read most of the EU books i think he's actually pretty boring. Maybe i'm missing something but i doubt it.
Same here. While i've never seen his first appearance in the Christmas Special or read most of the EU books i think he's actually pretty boring. Maybe i'm missing something but i doubt it.
8:58AM on 11/10/2012
George R.R. Martin made an interesting comment in an interview that he found it amazing that some fan's favourite characters were the ones that were only in a few lines of a book. He speculated that because the characters were so empty, fans would project what they wanted onto them and their imaginations would take over.
This is the reason Bobba Fett is popular and the reason kids make up their own stories about him. Kevin Smith would never have such an insight - if you asked him why fans
George R.R. Martin made an interesting comment in an interview that he found it amazing that some fan's favourite characters were the ones that were only in a few lines of a book. He speculated that because the characters were so empty, fans would project what they wanted onto them and their imaginations would take over.
This is the reason Bobba Fett is popular and the reason kids make up their own stories about him. Kevin Smith would never have such an insight - if you asked him why fans thought Bobba Fett was cool he would say "because he's a bad ass". He has no concept of good story-telling in my opinion.
8:25PM on 11/08/2012
I liked the article, but time traveling Boba Fett? Don't know about that. I suppose it could be cool, and it would be cool to see all the actors back again! Find a way to bring back Darth vader, and I'm in!
I liked the article, but time traveling Boba Fett? Don't know about that. I suppose it could be cool, and it would be cool to see all the actors back again! Find a way to bring back Darth vader, and I'm in!
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8:04PM on 11/08/2012
Sounds like a good plan? I don't think Disney even hear Mr. Smith's prayers.
Sounds like a good plan? I don't think Disney even hear Mr. Smith's prayers.
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