In “Star Wars” news and according to Entertainment Weekly on Thursday, there was an interview with president of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy about one of the anthology movies involving Han Solo. Plans were already made for these “one-off” solo films about individual characters quite some time before 2012 when Walt Disney purchased Lucasfilm. Now, George Lucas has given his blessing and the torch to carry forward exploring these specific characters individually.
Lawrence Kasdan, writer of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”, was the first choice made to write the Han Solo movie. After all he had his involvement in the aforementioned films, Harrison Ford himself, and screen writing “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
Kasdan had the option to write whatever he wanted entailing the “Star Wars” franchise. He had chosen Han Solo as whom he’d like to screen write for in the “Star Wars” anthology. He had refused to write for the main three “Star Wars” prequels, but had the desire for a prequel most different, according to Kasdan. That being said, this is where he settled on the Han Solo character because, “He’s always been my favorite.”
This time, they went with a different approach to Han Solo’s age on this project. In one of the prequels, Darth Vader was portrayed as young 10-year-old Anakin Skywalker. However, with Solo, Kennedy expressed that they wouldn’t be going that far back with him.
“He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s,” Kennedy says. “We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.”
Right now, director Gareth Edwards is now working on the “Star Wars: Rogue One” anthology film, due out Dec. 16, 2016, the wheels are in motion for the Han Solo film, but the final of the anthology is said to have reached a “snag.”
“Fantastic Four” reboot director Josh Trank was set to direct the third film, but has stepped down around the same time the Fox movie was said to be an “already-legendary trouble making” film. Sources at Entertainment Weekly said a teaser reel was almost was almost run at April’s Celebration event.
Kennedy did provide an update on said movie, regardless of it not yet having acquired a director. She assured in an update that “it’s not going away.”
To give an idea of when it would be released, even though it doesn’t have a date, the Han Solo anthology film is speculated be released in the year 2020, after “Star Wars 9” which is set to be released in 2019.