'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Was Planned Way Before Disney Bought Lucasfilm

Monday, 12 February 2018 - 9:16PM
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Monday, 12 February 2018 - 9:16PM
'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Was Planned Way Before Disney Bought Lucasfilm
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The trailer only just came out last week, but Solo: A Star Wars Story, also known as the Han Solo movie and very briefly Red Cup (its working title and a pun on Solo cups), has been in the works for ages.

Before Disney bought Lucasfilm back in 2012 and announced the slew of new Star Wars films, it was assumed that the movie franchise was more or less done after the Prequel Trilogy fizzled out in 2005 (although the merchandise never went away). But according to longtime Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan - who co-wrote Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens - he was already working on a Han Solo movie before the Sequel Trilogy was ever greenlit.

Kasdan was on that project when Disney pulled him away and insisted he work on this new movie with J.J. Abrams, which would eventually become the enormously successful Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Kasdan discussed how he was growing weary of writing Star Wars movies after The Force Awakens was done, and eventually convinced Disney to let his son Jon Kasdan come aboard to work on the Solo script with him:

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"When I was done, I was sort of burned out. And I said, 'I don't know, do we still want to do this Han thing?'…And they said, 'Yeah! We really want you to go ahead with Han.' And I said, 'Well, my son, Jon, is very enthusiastic and full of ideas about the saga.' And he had directed two movies and had done other things. 'What if he came on and worked with me? Because, that would give me a shot in the arm.' And so, that's exactly what happened. They made a deal with Jon, and he and I have been writing since for three years."
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Perhaps that announcement shouldn't come as too big of a surprise. Han Solo was the biggest non-Skywalker character in the Original Trilogy, so if Lucasfilm was thinking about a new Star Wars movie, particularly one that was as far away from the prequels as possible, the untold story of everyone's favorite rogue smuggler would likely be one of their first ideas.

How well Solo does in this new wave of movies remains to be seen, but with a veteran writer and his son who grew up watching Star Wars movies (like so many of us did) co-writing the film, it's a good sign. And that movie needs a good sign, considering how messy the rest of its production has been, with previous directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller being replaced by Ron Howard fairly recently.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2018.


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