A lot of fans have been disappointed by Disney's handling of Star Wars, which includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, now it's being said that the upcoming Han Solo movie is actually worse and described as an "utter POS" and an "abomination" by someone claiming to be a former LucasFilm VFX artist and employee.
A Star Wars fan posted a recreation of J.J. Abrams' original Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening scene on YouTube (you can watch below--it's pretty cool), where a a comment claims to be from Benjamin Flynn, who worked on the VFX for the Star Wars Disney films.
The commenter explains why Disney and Abrams didn't go with the original opening scene for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and goes on to state he decided to leave LucasFilm due to his personal opinions on how Disney is handling the Star Wars franchise.
"If you were disappointed with TLJ like many other fans, don't see 'Solo.' If you hated TLJ, trust me when I tell you that 'Solo' is going to make TLJ look like (insert favorite movie here)," the person claiming to be Benjamin Flynn says. "Honestly, don't waste your time or money going to see 'Solo', wait for it to come out on HBO, STARZ, Showtime, etc. I haven't seen the final edit yet, just the scenes I've worked on. Given my experience with the last 3 Mouse SW movies and getting to see the final edit a week or 2 before the theatrical release, 'Solo' is going to be an utter POS. Seriously, it's going to be an abomination."
The commenter offers the following he has really worked for LucasFilm by stating: " If you don't believe that I've worked on the Mouse SW movies, you can find my name in the credits of all of them including 'Solo,' plus quite a few others : 'Benjamin Flynn' (Digital Artist for Lucas)."
Here is the full comment:
Seriously nice job on this, to have been done by yourself is impressive....most impressive. This scene you recreated actually was 3/4 completed, there were a few test "audiences" comprising about 40 of the digital artists (I was one of them) and producers. The reason they didn't go for the original opening was due to JJ's concern over making the "Empire/First Order" look like anything other than a galaxy crushing monstrosity. After reflecting on various aspects of the script, he decided he didn't want any scenes showing any weakness on the part of the "Empire/First Order", especially at the beginning of the movie. I've worked on every Mouse SW film as well as quite a few other flicks as a Digital Artist for Lucas. I've decided to leave Lucas for another well known SFX company after I complete my work on "Solo" due to my personal opinions regarding what the Mouse is doing to my childhood. My bosses at Lucas know my feelings, there are quite a few of us who feel the same as I do. But at the end of the day, the Mouse owns SW now, they can do what they like with it regardless of what I or anyone else's think about it. I'm just tired of being complicit with the pernicious Mouse who couldn't care less about the quality of these films, they just want lots of flash to separate the proverbial "fool from his money". I assume you're a big fan of SW, and you're obviously talented, so I'll give you a heads up here without going into any specific details; If you were disappointed with TLJ like many other fans, don't see "Solo". If you hated TLJ, trust me when I tell you that "Solo" is going to make TLJ look like (insert favorite movie here). Honestly, don't waste your time or money going to see "Solo", wait for it to come out on HBO, STARZ, Showtime, etc. I haven't seen the final edit yet, just the scenes I've worked on. Given my experience with the last 3 Mouse SW movies and getting to see the final edit a week or 2 before the theatrical release, "Solo" is going to be an utter POS. Seriously, it's going to be an abomination. If you don't believe that I've worked on the Mouse SW movies, you can find my name in the credits of all of them including "Solo", plus quite a few others : "Benjamin Flynn" (Digital Artist for Lucas). If you've done this entirely by yourself, keep it up, I'd wager you could get hired by many of the Bigger Name Companies with very little difficulty. Hakuna Matata and Cheers Bru.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Original opening scene recreation video: