When 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, it marked the first release of a Star Wars film produced under Disney. While Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm was initially a cause for concern amongst some fans, reaction to the film ultimately proved overwhelmingly positive. The Force Awakens saw the return of many beloved elements of the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as introducing a whole new range of worlds and characters. The film’s biggest shock, however, came when fan favourite classic character, Han Solo, was killed by his own son, the villainous Kylo Ren.
The decision to make such a bold move with a central character in the Star Wars canon apparently extended beyond Lucasfilm, going to the very top of new parent company, Disney. In an interview with Variety, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that he was involved in discussions about killing off Han Solo:
“We had a big debate about Han Solo. Should he die or not? It was a decision made by Kennedy and Abrams, but I got involved.”
The weight of this decision was obviously not lost on anyone involved. While, as Iger points out, it was ultimately the call of Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, the fact that Iger was involved at all indicates just how monumental both Disney and Lucasfilm must have felt the death of a classic Star Wars character would be.
As well as expressing his enjoyment of working with Kennedy, Iger reportedly also admitted to having a draft of Star Wars: Episode IX on his desk. It sounds like Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm has left Star Wars in good hands, with people who clearly care about the iconic saga.
Were you shocked by Han Solo’s death? Do you think Iger, Kennedy and Abrams made the right call in killing him off? Let us know in the comments below!
The next instalment in the Star Wars saga will be this year’s The Last Jedi.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on December 15, 2017.
8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See
May the 4th be with you, everyone! Even on May the 8th! With Star Wars weekend in the rear-view mirror, it’s still a great time to kick back, get out your old glow-in-the-dark lightsaber toys and Darth Vader Halloween masks, and pop in those original trilogy DVDs. Maybe even all 8 currently-released films, if you’re up for the challenge (both mental and otherwise). Speaking of which, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just came out on Blu-ray, marking the first home release of many Star Wars spin-off movies to come.
Of these, only one future title has been confirmed – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, to be released in May of 2018. Beyond that, we know Disney had at least two more planned, and probably more down the line. And why not? The Star Wars universe is so ripe for exploration. There are so many characters we were introduced to in the Saga movies that could easily get their own film. And it doesn’t stop there. The legacy of the Jedi and the Sith go back thousands of years, opening up virtually endless possibilities of story material.
Given this abundance of material just waiting to be tapped into, Heroic Hollywood decided to celebrate the Star Wars holiday by compiling a list of the Star Wars stand-alone movies we’d most like to see. While some of the films on this list are more likely to be developed than others, they each share one unifying factor: they’d all be freakin’ awesome!
Heroic Hollywood proudly presents the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See! Click next to get started. And may the Force be with you!