Film studios these days seem to be stuck in a loop where almost every movie coming out is either a franchise, a spin-off or a remake of something else. It's no mystery why — modernized versions of classic hits are safe money in the bank for studios in the increasingly competitive entertainment market.
Audiences, however, seem to be wising up and demanding more than the latest half-baked remake or franchise installment, and the Star Wars franchise is a perfect example of this. Despite big box office returns, many of the prequels, sequels, and spin-offs have failed to live up to the legacy of the original trilogy, and audiences are taking notice.
Twitter user @bb_kate_art had an idea for the next chapter in the Star Wars universe, one that might give the franchise its groove back.
Can Episode IX please just be exactly like the Emperor’s New Groove, with Hux as Yzma, Kylo as Kuzco, and Rey as Pacha?— Kate (@bb_kate_art) August 6, 2018
Crazy, right? But there are already a striking number of similarities between the two stories.
It started to make sense. Disney owns both movies and, based on Twitter's reaction, they might want to consider the idea.
There's the question of "which character would be which" in the cinematic mashup, but Twitter was on it.
*Hux as Yzma, Kylo as Kronk, Poe as Kuzco, Finn as Pacha, Rey stands in for the squirrel.— SherlocksLeftNipple (@SH_LeftNip) August 6, 2018
Hux as Yzma is a god-tier concept and you should be proud— starfighter (@hindsenhaji) August 6, 2018
With most of the work already done, it seems like the ball is in Disney's court.
The more you think about it, the more sense Star Wars: The Empire's New Groove starts to make.
this might actually get me to watch a star wars film. no touchy.— Ben Smith (@nomagicpill) August 6, 2018