Star Wars is such a ubiquitous and beloved franchise that more than one director has the dream of directing a movie in the franchise and only a handful have been able to do so. Star Wars: Visions – 100% has given the opportunity to do so to a series of anime directors who were selected for this innovative and unique, within the universe of the Galaxy Far Away, anime anthology.
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The defining characteristic of this series is being outside of Star Wars canon. So said the producer James waugh on a panel at the Anime Expo Lite event that he participated in a while ago. The reason for the creators to have greater creative freedom that allowed them to break the narrative limits of what this series is and allowed them to create something much more avant-garde and experimental and, above all, authentic. Here his words:
We really wanted to give these creators a broad creative birth to explore the Star Wars galaxy. We wanted this to be as authentic as possible for studios and creators. The idea was, this is their vision, making use of all the elements of the Star Wars galaxy that inspired them.
Now he, and the producer Kanako shirasaki have clarified this a bit in an interview for CNET. His intention was to say that the fact that they do not belong to the narrative canon of this universe does not mean that they will not have any impact on the following Star Wars works. They both think that one way or another if influence is going to be felt in the future. Shirasaki said:
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Not immediately, but it can influence the next generation of creators.
Then Waugh He expanded on what the production company said and explained in what way he thinks it will impact future Star Wars writers:
That’s how it is. Each piece of Star Wars influences future Star Wars storytellers in one way or another. So are there plans to integrate Visions into the timeline of the narrative saga? No, at this point, but I have no doubt that we are going to see things that were in Visions become part of the fabric of Star Wars for decades to come. At this time, you can continue that story; there’s a novel, Star Wars: Visions: Ronin, coming out soon and it was written by Emma Mieko Candon, who is a really talented author. Like anything in Star Wars, we want to build a narrative ecosystem around Visions and these characters. We have to wait to see what people fall in love with.
Going back to the fact that everyone wants to do something in the Star Wars universe; today we know that Zack Snyder is not one of them. After his bad experience with Warner, the director realizes that one of his talents is not compromising his vision to please the studio. You are not given that of following the instructions of the studios on how they want their movie to be. In that sense, he is very aware that, although he wanted to direct a Star Wars movie, this may not be a good idea. He knows that sooner or later he would have a conflict with Lucasfilm. This was revealed in an interview for The Times:
Where things get complicated is when you take a director with a personal point of view and ask him to participate in something that is not asking for that. The day laborer filmmaker? There are a lot of them and they are good. It just happens that I have a specific point of view. The lesson I have learned is that it is much easier for me, as a filmmaker, to create a world and invite you into it. As opposed to me saying ‘Let me put my gear in your wheel’. I would love to make a Star Wars movie. I know a lot about it but I don’t think I would survive [al proceso].
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