Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Lord and Miller Chosen For 2018 Han Solo Spin-Off

Yesterday it was announced that the directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the minds behind such successful comedies as The Lego Movie  and 22 Jump Street, had been chosen to direct the upcoming Han Solo spin-off for Lucasfilm. The movie is to be written by Lawrence and Joe Kasdan, Lawrence being something of a Star Wars veteran having written The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and the upcoming seventh instalment. Meanwhile, Jon also has an extensive bibliography having written for the much-loved shows Freaks and Geeks and Dawson's Creek, as well as other things that don't end in "eek."

Lord and Miller had a suitably hilarious response to the news, issuing this statement:
“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.”
Personally, even in the very capable hands of Chris Lord and Phil Miller, I'm not sure that a standalone Han Solo film is a particularly good idea. Harrison Ford's interpretation of the character is so deeply entrenched in pop culture at this point, that it will be a difficult task finding an actor with just as much charisma as Ford had in his prime. Additionally, there is also the risk of the character of Han Solo becoming less popular and respected as a result of delving too deeply into his past, something Darth Vader suffered from after his early adventures were chronicled in the prequel trilogy.

That being said, if Lord and Miller can bring the wit and heart that they've brought to their previous projects, there's a good chance they might just pull this off.


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