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The Brains Behind Star Wars Admit They Struggle To Come Up With Anything Original

What a surprise.

Making a film is hard. Making a Star Wars film is a couple of levels beyond that because you have to juggle the ridiculous fan expectations with all the established universe rules. It’s a tough nut to crack but hearing Lucasfilm head honcho Kathleen Kennedy whinge about the creative process behind every post-George Lucas Star Wars film is pretty unseemly.

In an interview with Rolling Stone about Rise of Skywalker and the future of the franchise, Kennedy says every Star Wars film is hard to make and the process is especially difficult because unlike the likes of, say, Marvel, they don’t have a pile of comics and novels to adapt and must come up with everything from scratch.

“Every one of these movies is a particularly hard nut to crack. There’s no source material. We don’t have comic books. We don’t have 800-page novels. We don’t have anything other than passionate storytellers who get together and talk about what the next iteration might be. We go through a really normal development process that everybody else does.”

Uh huh. Okay then. This seems like an appropriate time to whip out an oldie but a goodie:

If we read between the lines of Kathleen Kennedy’s quote, she’s essentially saying it’s really hard to create something when someone else hasn’t already created it for them.

Pretty weird for her to drop that nugget considering how George Lucas created Star Wars from scratch, not to mention all the great original films and franchises that were all willed into existence from nothing over the years. It’s almost like making high quality, original work is a tough job.

And besides, not every franchise can follow Marvel’s “adapt decades worth of comics for the big screen” approach.

But perhaps the most mindboggling part of Kathleen Kennedy’s quote is the “We don’t have comic books” and “800-page novels” part.

Hate to break it to you like this, Kathleen, but you actually have a big pile of source material under the “Extended Universe” label. There’s literally decades of Star Wars comics and novels in this “Extended Universe” and just because Disney declared it to be non-canon with the films doesn’t mean the material isn’t rich with ideas.

What makes this whole thing even more hilarious is how The Mandalorian is clearly taking inspiration from “Extended Universe” material, which shows that either the Star Wars brain trust don’t know their intellectual property or are getting their PR messaging wrong (unlike, say, Marvel).

In their defence though, whoever came up with Baby Yoda is a genius and deserves all the creativity awards.

He’s adorable even when he’s viciously eating a space frog.

Perhaps it’s a good thing that the next Star Wars film to come out after Rise of Skywalker isn’t until 2022. That’ll give Kathleen Kennedy and the rest of the brain trust to bank a heap of new and original ideas, or to pore over all the “Extended Universe” material for cues.

Millie Bobby Brown Is Being Bullied While Giving A UN Speech On Bullying

Bet all the puffy-chested bros doing this are hi-fiving themselves right now.

Millie Bobby Brown has received a considerable amount of unwarranted flack ever since Stranger Things thrust her into the spotlight, and most of it is over the dumbest things or the mere fact she is a teenager. Now things have taken a turn into dramatic irony territory following her UN speech on bullying.

To commemorate World Children’s Day, the Stranger Things star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador gave a big speech at the UN headquarters in New York, where she shared her experiences about all the cyber-bullying and online abuse she’s received despite being only 15.

It’s some seriously great stuff from Millie Bobby Brown, whose speech not only included some awful-sounding personal anecdotes but also an impassioned plea for equal rights for children worldwide.

“I’ve been very lucky in my life. I take nothing for granted. But I also know what it feels like to be vulnerable. At school, I was bullied by a group of students. I remember feeling helpless. School used to be a safe place. Now I was scared to go.

“I was lucky. With the help of my friends, family and people around me, I was able to overcome these negative feelings and take my power back. But millions of children aren’t so lucky. They’re still struggling in the darkness.”

So where’s the dramatic irony about bullying that was mentioned at the beginning of the story?

Well Millie Bobby Brown shared a video of her speech to her Instagram and it was inundated with supportive comments from her pals and fans. But the internet being the internet, there were also a bunch of awful comments such as:

“Not even a bad thing but she looks 25 here.”

“omg she looks so old wth.”

” In this video you look like a 45 yr old women who just got a divorce and lost custody of the kids.”

“So tripped out. millie looks 26 in this.”

Trolls bullying someone as they’re giving a speech about bullying. If it weren’t so serious and ridiculous, this whole saga would almost be amusing.

It may seem like she’s been around for ages due to how big Stranger Things is, but people seem to forget that Millie Bobby Brown is only 15, meaning she’s at the stage in her life where saying and doing dumb things is the norm.

But bullying her while she’s talking about something as serious as bullying and children’s rights is a new low, even for internet trolls.

Massive props to MBB for not only doing things to raise awareness about bullying and children’s rights, but also for her ability to handle the torrent of irrational and confounding hate trolls throw at her. To have developed an iron skin like that at just 15 is just admirable.

Yoda Originally Looked Like Something Out Of 'The Lord Of The Rings'

Time to unlearn what we've learned.

Ever since The Mandalorian introduced the impossibly cute baby Yoda into everyone’s lives, the Star Wars fanbase has suddenly grown exponentially in a very short amount of time.

That’s no surprise of course. After all, baby Yoda is easily the cutest thing to come into existence in TV and Star Wars history. Seriously, just look at his widdle cheeks and big eyes:

With the entire internet currently in a state of “awwww” over baby Yoda, now’s perhaps the best time to pull the curtain back a bit on the OG Yoda. Firstly, we actually have no idea what type of species the Jedi master is, though George Lucas has said the Jedi master is the lovechild of Kermit and Miss Piggy so make of that what you will.

Secondly, Yoda’s original design is actually far different than the shrivelled, green skinned guru we all know and love. It turns out that George Lucas and his team of artists original envisioned the Jedi master as something akin to a white-bearded, staff-wielding, pointy hat-wearing dwarf who could’ve been taken straight out of Lord of the Rings.

All that’s missing is a lightsaber.

There was also a second design for Yoda that veered wildly in the other direction. Picture the Jedi master as a tall, aqua-coloured creature with pointy ears and a white beard who wears no clothes and is only rocking a hat.

Now due to various reasons ranging from legal to logistical, we can’t actually show you the concept art of Yoda’s original design so you’ll have to check it out at the official Star Wars website here. To make up for it, here’s more baby Yoda.

Had George Lucas given the thumbs up to Lord of the Rings Yoda, the character would’ve gone in a wildly different direction, which in turn would’ve meant The Mandalorian may well have missed out on getting baby Yoda.

Horrendous, that could’ve been.

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