Slate’s Clive Thompson explores how fan-made movies can breathe new life into old movie franchises in "May the Force Be With You, and You, and You."
George Lucas has always encouraged Star Wars-inspired fan movies,
so long as the wannabe auteurs didn’t try to make a profit. (That’s the
case with [Shane] Felux—he isn’t selling his [Star Wars-inspired] movie or any associated
merchandise.) Lucas should do more, though. Once he stops polluting the
world with prequels, he should slap a liberal "Creative Commons" copyright license on the Star Wars
franchise. That would explicitly allow any fan to remix an existing
movie, or create a new one in homage, so long as there’s no profit
involved. Everyone wins: Movies like Revelations keep the fan base alive, and Lucas can continue selling figurines until the sun explodes.