Star Wars Scoundrel Goes Solo

OldHanSoloThe roguish pilot of the Millennium Falcon is undoubtedly one of the most popular characters in the entire saga. With a trusty blaster at his side and a walking carpet capable of tearing your arms off, Han Solo is a fan favorite. While actor Harrison Ford was adamant that the quick-witted scoundrel should have died at the conclusion of The Empire Strikes Back, he is excited to return to a galaxy far, far away for more adventure.
But there will be more Han Solo with the a film devoted entirely to his story (likely set before he encountered the old wizard and his protege, a young farm boy). Back in my early childhood days (which are now my extended childhood days), I often thought that the further adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca had untapped potential. It looks like I may have my wish fulfilled at last.

HanSolo_StarWarsVia MakingStarWars:

Lawrence Kasdan is stepping away from Star Wars. The screenwriting legend scripted The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens. Then he went on to work on the Han Solo anthology film with this son Jon. Now he’s saying enough is enough already and boy, has he earned it.

I don’t know if this is good news but it doesn’t sound like Lawrence Kasdan took the gig to write the screenplay for the Han Solo anthology film, according to THR: 

He added that he had little interest in being involved in the Solo movie, but that his family was so excited about the idea for him, he agreed to co-write the screenplay with his son Jon Kasdan.

Hopefully the opportunity to please his family and work with his son still means Lawrence Kasdan brought his A-game to the gig.

I have now made four Star Wars movies. That’s more than enough.

The man has more than done his part to contribute to the galaxy we all love so much. We’re lucky we have the films we do. Now, I just hope those rumors he’s agreed to take a pass on the Indiana Jones story and be a consultant are true! (Now we’re just getting greedy, though.)

The Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film has a TBD 2018 release date.


2 thoughts on “Star Wars Scoundrel Goes Solo

    • “One of The Empire Strikes Back’s most compelling scenes wasn’t always part of the plan.

      “In early drafts of the second installment of the Star Wars saga, Boba Fett and Darth Vader weren’t supposed to get the upper hand on Han Solo. Han was supposed to fly off with Chewie in the Millennium Falcon to fight another day. That would have set up a very different first act for the saga’s third installment, but there was a complication: Though Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher both signed up for two more films after Star Wars became a hit, Harrison Ford wasn’t sure he wanted to commit to that much Han Solo.

      “See, Ford wasn’t all that impressed by Han as a character. As recently as 2010, he was wishing the character had died (though it seems he’s changed his tune now), and back when Empire was being made, he still wasn’t sure if he could stomach a third time out in Han’s boots. Not wanting to kill the character outright, George Lucas and screenwriters Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan had instead to find a way to sort of press pause with the character, giving them both a way to dispose of him and a way to revive him if Ford decided to sign on for another film. So Han was literally frozen, and if Ford had decided he just wanted to go make more Indiana Jones movies and drop the character that had made him a star, Han would’ve just been stuck on Jabba’s wall forever.”-

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