‘Star Wars’: George Lucas & Lawrence Kasdan Were Developing A ‘Solo’ Film Before Disney Acquisition

Solo Star Wars StorySolo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters later this summer but it appears we might have gotten a Han Solo film even earlier had George Lucas not sold Lucasfilm to Disney. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, The Empire Strikes Back & The Force Awakens writer Lawrence Kasdan reveals he had actually been hired by George Lucas to develop a Han Solo film before Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012.

But after the Disney deal, the writer’s attention shifted to the script for The Force Awakens. While he did get back to work on a Han Solo film following that, Kasdan reveals he was “burned out” on Star Wars and decided in his son Jon Kasdan to work with him on the script for the project:

“When I was done, I was sort of burned out. And I said, ‘I don’t know, do we still want to do this Han thing?’…And they said, ‘Yeah! We really want you to go ahead with Han.’ And I said, ‘Well, my son, Jon, is very enthusiastic and full of ideas about the saga.’ And he had directed two movies and had done other things. ‘What if he came on and worked with me? Because, that would give me a shot in the arm.’ And so, that’s exactly what happened. They made a deal with Jon, and he and I have been writing since for three years.”

Very curious how Solo: A Star Wars Story differs from the version Lucas & Kasdan were initially working on. Perhaps we will learn about it someday but for now, let us know your thoughts on the above in the comments section below.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo along with Joonas Suotomo as Chewbacca and Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. The cast also includes Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, and Ian Kenny. Here’s the official synopsis:

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2018.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

10 Potential Directors For The New ‘Star Wars’ Films From David Benioff & D.B. Weiss

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Star Wars Disney LucasfilmStar Wars has been in the news quite a bit lately. Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the biggest (and most divisive) film of the year. Solo: A Star Wars Story finally released a trailer that lit up social media. Now, Lucasfilm has announced that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have signed on to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films, separate from the already confirmed trilogy from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and the Skywalker Saga.

Little is known about these projects at this point. Will these films follow an original storyline or will they draw from the original expanded universe material (possibly a Knights of the Old Republic adaptation?) yet that does not mean that it is too early to be looking at potential directors. Star Wars, being one of the biggest film franchises in the world, is something that most directors would leap at. Which directors though would best with the creative minds of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss? What visions would enhance their world or even by contrast compliment their style?

These ten directors should be just some of the few that Disney and Lucasfilm should consider for these new Star Wars films from Benioff and Weiss. Hit Next to get started!

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