‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Anthology Film Coming From Directors of ‘The LEGO Movie’
There are only so many Star Wars characters popular enough to anchor their own spinoff film, and from the moment Disney and Lucasfilm announced they would be pairing the new Episodes VII through IX with so-called “Anthology films,” fans have speculated which of those characters might receive their own spotlight. At the top of just about every list: Han Solo, the beloved, amoral bounty hunter and captain of the Millennium Falcon. The first announced Anthology movie, Star Wars: Rogue One, will focus on the story of the Rebel fighters who stole the plans for the original Death Star that become crucial to the plot of the first Star Wars. The second Anthology, per The Hollywood Reporter (and confirmed by StarWars.com), will give Han Solo that showcase that so many nerds have desperately wanted for so long.
According to THR, the project also has two of the hottest directors in Hollywood attached: Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the men behind the 21 Jump Street franchise, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and The LEGO Movie. Although Lord and Miller already had a number of projects on their plates, including a live-action Flash movie for Warner Bros., an animated Spider-Man movie for Sony, a third Jump Street, and the expansion of The LEGO Movie franchise, THR says the duo will next “direct and produce” a film about “the young Han Solo” from a screenplay by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan that will open in theaters on May 25, 2018. I know there are two of these guys, so they could theoretically do twice as much work as a solo director, but this would be a lot of work for five men. Something (or somethings) will surely have to give if they’re going to make a Han Solo Anthology.
Via StarWars.com, here’s an official (albeit scant) plot synopsis:
The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.
And here’s Lord and Miller’s joint statement on the announcement:
This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.
THR also notes that this project is not the Anthology film which Josh Trank had originally been hired to direct before he departed the Star Wars saga in May. (Reportedly, Trank was working on a Boba Fett spinoff.) No word on whether original (and current) Han Solo Harrison Ford will appear in the movie. But Comic-Con is this week, and Star Wars has a major panel planned. Perhaps this development will (wait for it) force Lucasfilm to officially announce this project sooner rather than later.
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