Matthew Vaughn Wants to Reboot Star Wars, Says Franchise 'Needs an Epic New Film'
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Kingsman helmer Matthew Vaughn would be open to diving into Star Wars, but he admits that his approach would likely cause an uproar in the fan community.
Speaking with Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Vaughn shared his thoughts on the current state of Star Wars. The filmmaker was asked if it would be hard to turn down an offer to direct a Star Wars movie, and he suggested, "Now, not so much." Vaughn explained that he'd be more interested in reintroducing the franchise's more familiar characters, which means doing a reboot with all-new incarnations of fan favorites like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
"I would say, for me, doing a Star Wars movie is to play with the characters I loved," Vaughn said. "So if they said to me, 'Do you want to reboot Star Wars and actually have Luke Skywalker, Solo, and Vader and you do your version of it,' everyone would say, 'You're an idiot to try,' but that would excite me.”
Vaughn acknowledged that rebooting Star Wars would cause some unrest with fans. Even so, he wonders why Star Wars shouldn't be rebooted when other major franchise, notably James Bond and superhero movies, have been rebooted several times without affecting the popularity of the IP. As Vaughn explained, "Why not [reboot]? Bond, do you mind Bond? I mean, you asked me who's going to play the next Wolverine. Why are these [Star Wars] characters so hallowed that from '77, you can't redo it for a new audience?"
Where Did Star Wars Go Wrong?
Vaughn goes from there to express how the Skywalker family is at the heart of Star Wars, suggesting that moving away from these characters is one way the franchise has taken a misstep. He explained, "Star Wars is the Skywalker family, and that's where I think they've gone wrong. They've done brilliantly in the TV [shows on Disney+], but it needs an epic new film, and that's what I would do."
The X-Men: First Class director also reiterated how he's not afraid of the backlash that would come with rebooting Star Wars, feeling that he's up for the challenge in making it work.
"Everyone's going to go batsh*t crazy, but let's bring it on, because if you want a new generation, make the movie for them. The old generation can hopefully make it well enough that they go, 'Okay, I'm enjoying it,'" Vaughn said.
Vaughn's newest movie, Argylle, is set to hit theaters on Feb. 2, 2024.
Source: Happy Sad Confused