Imagine for a second that you went ahead and spent a fortune on something – let’s say four BILLION dollars – on something that you knew as familiar and immensely profitable. Four billion dollars is a lot of money, no matter how much more of it you have socked away or tied up in other investments. You don’t spend that amount of money only to take your new toy, place it on a shelf to admire for the rest of your life. You want that massive investment to not only make that money back, but to be the goose that lays the perpetual golden egg.
‘Weird’, without any context can be a pretty broadly defined thing, so while one person’s weird brings to mind images of Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse, for someone else it might be a bag of Star Wars-branded oranges. Weird may yet be this, this or this.
One thing I am pretty confident in saying, 505 days away from the release of Episode 8 is that it will be anything but weird. Rian Johnson, Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, or any of their friends, families and associates can say whatever they want about the script of Episode 8, but I’ll bet my last nickel that Disney drops a very large hammer before any “weird” Star Wars movie makes it to the big screen. Episode 8 will follow the tried-and-true recipe of what makes Star Wars, Star Wars; what makes it the movie equivalent of great comfort food. As we just came to learn with The Force Awakens, what makes Star Wars great is sticking to familiar themes and characterizations. Following the heroes’ journey and exploring good vs evil.
I’m not saying that Rian Johnson won’t make a unique Star Wars movie. It may be the best Star Wars movie ever made (and I hope it is given how incredibly well the new characters stand out) but it isn’t going to be weird, as if Stanley Kubrick was behind the camera. There is a next to zero percent chance that Disney allows the sequel to what may very well be the biggest movie in box office history to be anything other than something cut from the same cloth, with the same exact goal: to make just as much money as humanly possible.