Entitled idiots sent Rian Johnson death threats over The Last Jedi

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Fans. On one hand they provide a reliable audience to franchise and tentpole films and TV series, and on the other they can be some of the most entitled, nasty people on the planet.

We already knew that The Last Jedi was a film that split Star Wars fandom in two - while critics and a sizeable number of fans loved it, a smaller, but far more vocal minority overran social media and review aggregation sites claiming all sorts of horrible things about the film and causing its 'audience' ratings to plummet. They celebrated everything negative that happened to the film and now we discover, some of them even sent death threats to the director, Rian Johnson.

Read that again... They sent death threats to a director because they didn't like something about a film. Even for someone of Johnson's stature and power, a death threat is a scary thing.

It is utterly absurd that this has to be said, but if you feel the need to write to ANYONE about ANYTHING and threaten their life you need help. This has to stop.

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Last updated: 03/04/2018 13:13:08

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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