The two-year-old rumors have some new meat: the Han Solo movie director has just been confirmed by the Lucasfilm and Disney. Actually, the Han Solo movie will be directed by two people, the duo who led The LEGO Movie to theatrical stardom. The Star Wars spin-off is currently scheduled to release in 2018.
Rumblings about a Han Solo movie were first reported back in 2013 when Entertainment Weekly outlined Disney’s plans to create several Star Wars spin-off movies. The spin-offs were entirely separate from The Force Awakens, which hits theaters this holiday.
In those original reports, a Han Solo movie was one of two spin-offs Disney had planned for the Star Wars saga. Not surprisingly, the second of the two was a film based on Boba Fett, the bounty hunter who delivered Han Solo’s carbonite container from the Cloud City of Bespin to Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooinne.
Mirroring Boba Fett’s untimely demise in the Sarlac Pit, the Boba Fett movie appears to have been devoured by Hollywood politics. Josh Trank was slated to direct the Boba Fett movie before leaving Lucasfilm’s good graces and departing the project altogether.
Conversely, the Han Solo movie appears to be moving ahead at warp speed. Lucasfilm announced that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, who have collaborated on The LEGO Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the 21 Jump Street / 22 Jump Street films, will co-direct the Han Solo movie.
Precisely what that means for the film’s tone has yet to be seen. Miller and Lloyd clearly have a knack for humor, and their tongue-in-cheek style could mesh very well with the sarcastic Han Solo. They aren’t likely to go over the top, however; they know very well the hallowed ground onto which they’ve just stepped.
“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,” the duo said in a statement about joining the Han Solo movie production team. “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.”
Yep, those dudes are humorous.
EW’s original report from 2013 said the Han Solo movie would take place between Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope). Lucasfilm’s announcement of Miller and Lloyd directing the film didn’t confirm or deny that report. All it said was “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.”
We do know, however, that the screenplay is being written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan. Lawrence co-wrote the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Needless to say, he’s got just the chops you’re looking for when it comes to crafting the Han Solo movie with Miller and Lloyd.
The Han Solo movie is currently scheduled to release on May 25, 2018.