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Milk the Franchise | March 26, 2017

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Star Wars Anthology: Untitled Han Solo Origin Film

A STAR WARS STORY :  UNTITLED HAN SOLO ORIGIN FILM
RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2018
DIRECTORS:Chris Miller and Phil Lord
WRITERS: Lawrence Kasdan and Joe Kasdan
BASED ON CHARACTERS CREATED BY: George Lucas

PRODUCERS: Kathleen Kennedy
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin
CO-PRODUCER: Will Allegra
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Lucasfilm
DISTRIBUTOR:Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

 
On May 1, 2015, Lucasfilm announced the departure of director Josh Trank. Rumors speculate that Trank and producer Simon Kinberg did not get along during the production of the Fantastic Four 2015 reboot, to the point where Kinberg and fellow producer Hutch Parker stepping in to help complete production. Three months before Fantastic Four was set to premiere, Trank called back three of the lead actors (Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan) for reshoots, causing complications with  the performers other projects at the time. Most of the reshoots took place on the weekends at the end of April 2015 because Phillps was working on Todd Phillip’s Arms and the Dude. Kinberg and Parker were also heavily involved in the reshoots, causing them to leave the  Canadian production of X-Men: Apocalypse, which  they are also producing.
 
All of these factors led to Kinberg to speak to Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy over his discomfort to work with Trank again on the second Star Wars spinoff movie.  Trank’s last minute no-show at the Star Wars Celebration in April 2015 raised eyebrow over some possible issues with the Star Wars spinoff film, but Trank tweeted at the time he came down with a bad case of the flu.
 
On May 1, 2015, Trank released a statement: “After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path. I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities. That said, the Star Wars universe has always been one of my biggest influences, and I couldn’t be more excited to witness its future alongside my millions of fellow Star Wars fans. I want to thank my friends Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart, Simon Kinberg, and everyone at Lucasfilm and Disney for the amazing opportunity to have been a part of this. May the Force be with you all.”
 
The film Trank was working on has been reported to be a Boba Fett standalone film. Because of Trank’s sudden departure, the planned third Anthology film based on the origins of Han Solo was pushed up to 2018 between Episode’s VIII and IX.
 

The next adventure in the Anthology series of Star Wars films will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, whose credits include the critically acclaimed The LEGO Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. Among the most sought-after filmmakers working today, the two have proven a formidable duo on the multiple films they’ve collaborated on and are looking forward to applying their unique creative chemistry to the Star Wars universe.

 

Lucasfilm official press release, July 7, 2015:

“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 screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. 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.

Lawrence Kasdan, the writer and director known for Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, and Grand Canyon, is familiar to Star Wars fans for having co-written the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens. His son Jon Kasdan wrote and directed The First Time, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and In the Land of Women, as well as writing for the television series Freaks and Geeks and Dawson’s Creek.

“We’re so excited to be working with Chris and Phil, who will bring a fresh new dimension to the Star Wars universe,” said the Kasdans. “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.”  

Kathleen Kennedy, who will be producing, says she can’t wait to discover what’s in store from these two extraordinary teams of directors and writers.

“It’s not just any filmmaker 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.”

Slated for a May 25, 2018 release, the film will be executive produced by Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin and co-produced by Will Allegra.

 

 

In an interview with German tabloid Bild in November 2015, Lawrence Kasdan said the Han Solo film will be his final in the Star Wars universe. “I have now made four Star Wars movies. That’s more than enough.”

 

Kasdan told Indiewire in January 2016, that the Han Solo film will take place about 10 years before Star Wars: A New Hope. “[The film] will not be, “Here’s where he was born and this is how he was raised.” I think what it will be is what was he like 10 years earlier [than A New Hope]—maybe a little earlier, you’ll get a glimpse. But Kurosawa once said the heroes are the ones that are still changing and the villains are locked and petrified into what they are, and Harrison embodies in Force Awakens someone who is still not settled on who he is.”