Why The World Needs the “Last Jedi” Fan Remake

Matthew Loffhagen
(Photo: Lucasfilm)

I’m low-key obsessed with the idea of a fan remake of “The Last Jedi”.

To recap the situation, in case you haven’t been paying attention to the whining of pathetic “Star Wars” fanbabies like myself: someone is running a scam.

An alleged scam, I must point out. There’s no proof either way at present, although the lack of concrete information makes things all the more suspicious.

Basically, a group of “Star Wars” fans are getting together to remake “The Last Jedi”. They’re aiming for $50 million in crowdfunding to make this happen. Part of the process involves pleading with Disney to be able to use the official “Star Wars” license, which is never going to happen.

They also want to hire all the original actors, such as Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley. I imagine Hamill would be happy to do this if he was paid enough, but some of the bigger modern stars in “The Last Jedi” wouldn’t dare touch this project.

The response from the internet has been mixed. Personally I fall in the Rian Johnson camp in that I desperately wish this would actually become a real movie.

So why are both “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson and myself so eager to see this film get made?

Simple: it’s going to be hilarious.

Moviemaking is Hard

Have you ever tried making a film?

I made one once, during recess when I was in high school. It was called “Pirates Under the Sea” I had such big ambitions.

The result was a five minute video of kids in school classrooms running around and pretending they were in submarines. The special effects were achieved using colored paper. It was awful.

I can imagine a remake of “The Last Jedi” going similarly. This crowdsourced movie, which would theoretically involve contributions from legions of angry fans, would be an absolute nightmare to pull off.

Just as the Disney movies have helped fans to reconsider the “Star Wars” prequels, I feel like a “Last Jedi” remake would help to make the Disney movies look better by association.

The Last Jedi Kylo vs Guard
Source: Lucasfilm

It’d be like having a local amateur soccer team taking part in a World Cup match. It’d show very clearly the difference between a trained professional and someone who turns up once a week to have a bit of fun but doesn’t take anything too seriously.

If I were to watch that game, though, I’d definitely root for the amateur team. Similarly, I’d be unashamedly thrilled if we got a big budget, badly made “Star Wars” fan film.

Why Fan Films Rock

I love Star Wars fan films. I’ve seen dozens if not hundreds of them.

These movies are made without budget by people who don’t always know what they’re doing. Some are better than others, but no matter how bad they get, they’re still a lot of fun.

These fanfilms have one thing that official Disney “Star Wars” movies don’t have: passion.

Sure, individual “Star Wars” directors and creators are often very eager to make their own official fan films. But the ultimate goal behind the “Star Wars” Disney movies is to make money.

This is why “Solo” ended up being so much more bland than it could have been.

“The Last Jedi” is a lot more distinct, which is why it’s generated so much discussion. Personally, I don’t think it’s a great film, but I really appreciate how impactful it’s been on the wider “Star Wars” culture. I enjoy it because it is, itself, a fan film – albeit one that is legally free to use the “Star Wars” branding in a way most fan films are not.

All this being the case, I’d love to see a fan remake of the movie. I’d enjoy it without hesitation, because it’s the work of fans who are coming together solely for the joy of making “Star Wars”.

I don’t expect this remake will ever happen, but if we lived in a different world, it could be a masterpiece.

A poorly made, awkwardly built, lovingly crafted masterpiece. Like a child’s macaroni picture or a student project from someone in their first year of film school.

I’d love that. I really hope this gets made.

Although, in reality, I’m more hopeful that this doesn’t end up scamming gullible “Star Wars” fans out of a load of money.