The Force was not with the fanboy this week.
Bay Ridge sci-fi lovers were ready to take up blasters and charge the Skywalker Ranch after Star Wars creator George Lucas took a light saber to a modest movie marathon night honoring his famed film franchise at a Fifth Avenue bar.
Organizers had planned to screen all six Star Wars movies in succession at the Wicked Monk between 84th and 85th Streets on July 3 during a 13-hour bender which would have also featured a costume contest and drink specials specific to each movie in the saga.
But when George Lucas found out, his company, Lucasfilm, fired off an immediate cease-and-desist order.
Needless to say, organizers were shocked. To put it more accurately it was as if dozens of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced, they said.
“God forbid a few people in Brooklyn want to get together and watch the movies — that we paid for!” said organizer and self-described “movie geek” Mike DeVito, 32, who was both enraged and saddened that his movie-making hero had fallen to the dark side.
“I think [Lucas] has become worse than [Darth Vader],” said DeVito. “Darth Vader is at least redeemable.”
The cease and desist order claimed that they couldn’t show the films because they were charging admission. But fliers advertising the marathon indicate that the only cost was for drinks at the bar.
The letter also claimed that DeVito’s rebel alliance failed to get permission to use the Star Wars logo on its promotional material.
But organizers said that, if anything, they’ve lost money after spending the last two months promoting the now non-event. Yet they say what they were doing was a labor of love, not out of greed. Because greed leads to fear and fear leads to ... well, you know.
“They should have known it was a local, free event,” said DeVito. “Depriving George Lucas of his cut wasn’t the intended goal of it.”
Lucasfilm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Co-organizer Bianca Sunshine said she holds a movie event every month at the Wicked Monk and never had a problem screening cult classics like “The Warriors,” “The Outsiders,” “Clockwork Orange” and “Kill Bill.”
As a result of the order, Devito said he’s going to stop defending Lucas, who’s made millions ever since the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977 and has a well-publicized tempestuous relationship with his fervent fans.
“I always tried to be the one voice saying ‘oh, he’s not that bad’,” DeVito said. “I’ve always had such blind loyalty. That’s over.”
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