Many fans were nervous when Disney acquired the rights to LucasFilms and its most profitable property, Star Wars. That nervousness turned to unparalleled excitement and jubilation with the success of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in 2015 and last year’s hugely successful Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Disney magic has only helped Lucas’ brand and the world is getting good Star Wars (Some would say for the first time since 1983). Now, word of two new Star Wars films have been announced… only, they won’t be made by Disney…
According to a report from Variety today, The Line Kings will be a feature-length comedy written by Billy Riback (Home Improvement, Ask Harriet, and Mr. 10%) and Steven Jay Rubin (Bleacher Bums, Silent Night, and Archie’s Final Project), with Tony Dow (Leave it to Beaver, Charles in Charge, and Diagnosis Murder) directing. According to the report in Variety, the story will involve:
“A group of rabid Star Wars fans who camp out for four days on Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre after Disney announces that the fans who are first in line after four days will win walk-on roles in the next film in the series — leading to a battle royale between two fan groups determined to be first.”
If that sounds familiar, that’s because the film Fanboys covered almost the same premise when it was released in 2009, though the focus on that film was a cross-country jaunt to see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace before it was released. The films definitely explore similar territory, but The Line Kings may build from what worked in Fanboy sand work from there.
The second film coming out will be a parody helmed by Jason Friedberg (Scary Movie franchise, Vampires Suck, and Disaster Movie) and Aaron Selzer (Scary Movie franchise, Epic Movie, and Superfast!). The title for the film is set to be Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue (That’s not a joke). Given the writing team’s previous films, this could be hit-or-miss, which is pretty much what can be expected from a parody. While it would have been nice to report that Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money was finally in the work, it seems that Mel Brooks’ joke at the end of Spaceballs (The only good Star Wars parody film thus far) was just that.