Kevin Smith, the director of “Mallrats”, “Clerks”, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”, is not directing a “Star Wars” movie.
Rumors have been swirling around lately which suggest that Smith might be involved either with a Lucasfilm or a Marvel property.
These rumors, like much of the internet’s speculation surrounding popular movie franchises, are almost certainly hokum.
Smith himself has flat out denied any possible involvement with Marvel or “Star Wars”, on any level, in a recent Tweet.
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 26, 2018
But even as the chance of a Smith-directed “Star Wars” film fades into implausibility, I can’t help but find myself daydreaming about what such a movie might look like.
Death Star Contractors
Smith’s earliest work was built on a foundation of speculating about the mundane minutia of the “Star Wars” universe.
Small, quiet conversations about the ins and outs of contracting to build the Death Star were revolutionary when “Clerks” first released.
It’s funny how nowadays, this scene looks like a clip from any typical YouTuber.
I’d kind of like to see Smith try and make a “Clerks” style movie that’s actually set in the “Star Wars” universe.
Imagine: a movie that’s actually about a Death Star contractor, or someone with another mundane job within the “Star Wars” universe. A small-budget slice of life comedy, but perhaps with some action in it here and there as the contractor gets caught up in a larger galactic battle between the Empire and the Rebels.
This was actually George Lucas’ original idea with “Star Wars”. He wanted to tell the story from the perspective of the droids, Artoo and Threepio, as the skirted around the adventure without every being all that crucial to the wider war that raged around them.
This can be seen in the opening scene in “Star Wars: A New Hope”. The droids weave and duck between blaster bolts as more heroic and villainous characters are seen from afar.
A lot of the “Star Wars” movies we’ve seen in recent years have been big-budget, high stakes action flicks. Even when tackling a side character, the story revolves around the big, bombastic heroes of the Rebellion (even if “Solo” takes place before the titular character joins forces with the Rebels).
Small Scale Fun
I’d like to see something that costs less than $100 million to make. A quieter, more character-driven film.
Remember that most of “A New Hope” takes place in the desolate wastes of Tatooine, where a frustrated Luke dreams of adventure but never gets the chance to see anything fun.
Maybe we need to slow these films down a bit. Perhaps Smith’s idle chitchat from his early career might be perfect for a “Star Wars” movie that doesn’t change the fate of the galaxy.
Or hey, maybe that’d be boring. I guess we’ll never know.
Smith is denying any involvement with Lucasfilm, and even if he were doing something, I doubt they’d greenlight a small film when they could do something with a far bigger budget.
Alas, we may never get the “Death Star Contractors” movie. Maybe I’m the only one that’s grieving, but c’est la vie.