We’ve all seen – and heard- Kevin Smith’s countless Star Wars Universe references throughout his many movies, so it’s no surprise that the bearded former Silent Bob has had a few things to say about the recent Walt Disney- George Lucas – Star Wars love triangle.
In a recent guest editorial for The Hollywood Reporter, Smith penned a touching look at what it was like to be a Star Wars fan the first time around, before they couldn’t be watched whenever we wanted to watch them, before they were available on even VHS.
“Every summer day from 1978 to 1982, you could find me and Pete in his tiny yard, building a new Hoth or Tatooine, brushing ants off our bodies as we laid belly down in the dirt, making Luke Skywalker repeatedly kiss a girl who turned out to be his sister right before they swing from dental floss over the heads of stiff-armed Stormtrooper’s. It shaped me as a storyteller and as a person. We’d create our own Star Wars adventures. The best story (and the only one outside of the movie canon that we’d repeatedly play) wasn’t about Luke and Leia: It was about inexplicable fan-fav Boba Fett… The plot of our backyard adventure: Boba Fett gets trapped by robotic gun slinger IG-88 in a Star Wars universe time loop, sending him through all the movies as well as moments only referenced in the flicks.”
Pete and Kev grew apart in their teenage years, but Smith never forgot those early Star Wars play dates.
Smith then goes on to write that just as his career was beginning to take off he got some horrible news.
“One morning shortly after Clerks happened to me, I got the absolute s*** news that Pete had been hit by a car in New York City. I asked how long his recovery would be only to learn the awful truth: Pete had died. Not a summer goes by when I don’t think about Pete or our ongoing saga of Boba Fett lost in time. So when I heard about Disney’s $4 billion Lucasfilm acquisition, naturally I had a brief, one-sided conversation with my former best friend. ’We might finally get to see that Fett flick we always dreamed about, Pete,’ I said aloud at my desk after I read the news.”
Who knows where the next chapter in the Star Wars saga will take us or which characters will be making an appearance but for Smith there’s only one scenario he wants to see when the film finally rolls into cinemas:
“In a world where Disney needs to make back its investment, we may indeed see an all-Boba Fett film. And if the Force wills it, maybe it’ll even be about Boba Fett lost in the Star Wars universe time stream. But even if it became the highest-grossing film of all time, it’d still never be as good as Pete King’s version.”
As long as there is no Bluntman and Chronic crossover we’ll be happy.
This article was first posted on November 13, 2012