Disney hired two winners to write Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
I am a lifelong Star Wars fanatic. I was the kid who played with and collected dozens (maybe hundreds) of Star Wars action figures growing up. Those were the only toys I remember. I was Luke Skywalker for multiple Halloweens. I would watch Star Wars to go to sleep as a child and can recite most of the lines.
The prequels weren’t great, but I could stand them. I saw The Force Awakens twice — and that was before I ate the Member Berries. Rey was a moving female lead in a series that has always had strong women. The writing was strong (unlike the prequels), and the film lived up to the hype.
I’m not as hopeful about Rogue One. Disney decided to hire the B-Team of screenwriters. And now, these writers are getting them in trouble for reasons other than a dreadful storyline. In fact, the only reason I found out how embarrassingly bad these writers are was after they got involved in politics on Twitter.
Screenwriter Chris Weitz imposed a safety pin over the rebel alliance symbol when anti-Trump protestors started spreading the trend. He also implied Trump supporters are ‘white supremacists’ and compared Trump to the Galactic Empire.
Weitz tweeted in November, “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human organization),” and his co-writer Gary Whitta replied, “Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women.” Trump supporters on Twitter pushed back pretty hard, using the hashtag #DumpStarWars.
Star Wars against hate. Spread it. pic.twitter.com/Dtf5uqpxba— Chris Weitz (@chrisweitz) November 11, 2016
If you read Weitz’ Twitter account, he’s proudly liberal.
Everyone in America is free to be political. Weitz can be as liberal as he wants. Where I have a problem is when he inserts his politics into my favorite childhood series — under the moniker that he is an official voice for Star Wars.
Maybe it can all be erased if Weitz and Whitta came up with a killer script, but with their history, I’m not holding out hope.
Just where did Disney dig up Weitz?
His credits are… interesting. He wrote Antz, produced American Pie, and penned the classic screenplay for Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. Very deep stuff. He’s also worked on a slew of failed projects.
His co-writer’s credits are even better.
Whitta wrote The Walking Dead. No, no — not the T.V. show, the video game. Didn’t realize that video games needed screenwriters? Me neither.
Don’t worry Star Wars fans, he’s also writing Sherlock Holmes 3 (I must have missed Sherlock Holmes 2).
I feel mean to bash these guys, but that’s what you get when you mess with stories and movies we remember better than our own lives. I’m no big Trump supporter, but before you tweet, think about people who might disagree with you and the perception you are creating for the brand you represent.
And Disney, please spring a little extra cash next time for your multi-billion dollar franchise and hire real writers — you know, writers whose prime experience doesn’t come from Twitter or video games.