Jon Favreau and Carl Weathers Tag Team to Drop a Nuke on Lucasfilm Story Group

Carl Weathers in Rockey

Oh what a fun week it’s been. Hope all of you have your Dogecoins and AMC stock bought up and ready to go… sit back, relax, and enjoy the wallop Happy Hogan and Apollo Creed just plopped on Lucasfilm’s Story Group.

Earlier in the week, after the geniuses at Star Wars twitter failed to say anything nice about legendary Carl Weathers, he got a little comeuppance by “randomly” tweeting some support to the wonderful Gina Carano.

Mr. Weathers and Ms. Carano both play major roles in the hit show The Mandalorian, directed by Jon Favreau and co-written by Dave Filoni. If you’ve been keeping up with how things work in the social media sphere, there are a small group of wackos that hate Gina Carano and want her fired / disappeared / banished from Star Wars and the face of the Earth because she’s *gasp* someone who holds some conservative viewpoints. I know, shocking. We suspect there are people inside Lucasfilm who feel the same way… about getting rid of her, not the conservative viewpoints.

Well, if that wasn’t enough, Jon Favreau then brought the full sucker punch in cold blood with an interview that so many completely looked over. In an interview with the Writer’s Guild of America, Mr. Favreau had the following to say:

“We have a tremendous amount of freedom afforded to us because of the gap in time between the films. Dave Filoni and I are in constant discussion regarding how each story choice is impacted by, and would impact, existing ‘Star Wars’ material.” — John Favreau

Packed in this tiny statement is such gold, and the best part is that most people completely looked over it. First, Favreau affirms that he has tremendous freedom in what he can do. Second, he credits only himself and Dave Filoni as to who is making calls about The Mandalorian. You’ll notice he does not say that he is in discussion with Kathleen Kennedy. You’ll notice he does not say he is in discussion with Lucasfilm Story Group. You’ll notice he does not say he is in discussion with Pablo Hidalgo. Oh my gosh, this quote alone has cracked me up — with just a matter-of-fact statement, he wiped the floor with so many at Lucasfilm.

Finally, it should be noted that he affirms what he and Dave Filoni are doing would impact existing Star Wars material (a.k.a. the sequel trilogy). It’s not that they’re ever going to get rid of the sequel trilogy completely… it’s that they’re going to impact it, and they’re going to impact it in such a way as to make it more bearable. I’m not buying into the whole veil of the force concept very much, but I am continuing to hear and believe that Favreau and Filoni are working towards making Luke Skywalker a hero who hid and acted in a cowardly way only so that he could protect Grogu from The First Order. It’s not that I think they can fix everything; both The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker are horrible films with horrible logic if you think about them with at least five neurons. But they can tamp down on some of their awfulness enough to try to salvage Star Wars and get a new lease on life for Disney.

But for this week, I applaud Favreau, Filoni, Weathers, and Carano. Well played, all. Lucasfilm Story Group, have fun with destroying Yoda and the Jedi in High Republic… but Favreau is in charge of all that matters now.

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