Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to direct Han Solo 'Star Wars Anthology' film

The Star Wars universe has been moving full speed ahead since Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm back in 2012, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One and Star Wars: Episode VIII all set to hit theaters in the next two years and already going through various stages of production. The only big question mark left was centered around what would happen to the planned Anthology film that Josh Trank was set to direct. The Chronicle director departed the project (which was rumored to be focused on Boba Fett) after.......well, that's up for debate. But it's safe to say that the future of the second Anthology feature was one of the main concerns for fans. Now, that question has been solved and Disney has now snagged two of the most famous and beloved directors in Hollywood to direct a new movie centered on one of the greatest characters in the Star Wars franchise.

Yesterday, Star and Disney confirmed that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, best known for directing both installments of the 21 Jump Street series and The LEGO Movie, have signed on to direct a Star Wars Anthology film about a young Han Solo and how he became "the smuggler, thief and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley." The film will be written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan and is currently set for a May 25, 2018 release date. People in the Star Wars community have already jumped on this idea for being unoriginal and uninspired, which is partially true. Do we really need to see how Han Solo became Han Solo? No. Do we really need to know the exact details of how the rebels stole the Death Star plans (the story of Rogue One)? Not at all. However, that doesn't mean they won't be good movies. Talented filmmakers with vision are making these films and I have a feeling that Lord and Miller will put a lot of good work into this project.

In the official press release, Lord and Miller said:

"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."

The Kasdans went on to say:

"We're so excited to be working with Chris and Phil, who will bring a fresh new dimension to the Star Wars universe. They're two of the smartest, funniest and most original filmmakers around, and the ideal choice to tell the story of Han Solo, one of the coolest characters in the galaxy."

And finally, producer and Lucasfilm executive Kathleen Kennedy said:

"It's not just any filmmakers who can tell the story of such a beloved icon like Han Solo, and I'm excited to say we've found the perfect team to handle the task. Larry and Jon know all there is to know about the character, and Chris and Phil will bring their wit, style, energy and heart to tell Han's story."

I'm excited about the potential for this project, but I think that the key lies with who they cast as Han Solo. It won't be Chris Pratt, because the poor guy already has enough big franchises to deal with. Somebody like Miles Teller would be a fantastic pick in my opinion and there's already a lot of buzz around Aaron Paul. As for when Disney will finally get around to making some original Anthology films, I believe that it will happen after Episode IX. As we head towards the new decade, Disney will hopefully get some more originality in and work to deal with characters from this new universe and trilogy. Our first taste of Disney's new Star Wars universe comes on December 18 of this year, when JJ Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters.

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