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– by Seth McDonald

There was a time when Colin Trevorrow was set to bring us the final installment of Disney’s new Star Wars sequel trilogy, but shortly after the release of his film, The Book of Henry, he left the project. Some speculated that his exit from Star Wars had to due with the terrible reviews The Book of Henry was receiving. It later turned out that wasn’t exactly the case. Back in April, Trevorrow tweeted that The Book of Henry was a carbon copy of A New Hope. He recently spoke with /Film and further explained his tweet.

I mean, it is, it’s a foundational myth. It’s a noble ghost story. Where a character lives on after death in order to guide a hero to find their strength and defeat ultimate evil.  And structurally, I can’t…but you’re gonna print this, unfortunately. I’m saying this now. But the way that I look at movies, I do see Avatar and Titanic and Jurassic World [as] very similar movies. Henry was Obi-Wan Kenobi.  And he died in the middle. And he left a set of instructions on how to take out the Death Star where Darth Vader was holding a Princess captive. And at the very end, when he had the target in his sights, he had to remember his training.  Guided by this ghostly voice. And then Han Solo comes in with the Rube Goldberg machine and gives him the moment. And ultimately the Princess saves herself.”

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While Star Wars itself draws inspiration from many films and older stories, one of the most referenced in this regard is also John Ford’s classic film, The Searchers (which starred the Duke himself, John Wayne). Just like the comparisons that Trevorrow mentions for his film The Book of Henry and A New Hope, there are also many similar comparisons between A New Hope and The Searchers. Including an orphaned boy who teams with an older man to rescue a girl.

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Source: /Film