Star Wars Christopher Miller & Phil Lord Tapped To Direct Han Solo STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY Film! written by Sean Gerber July 7, 2015 In a week sure to be full of genre movie news, Disney and Lucasfilm are starting the party a day early. The next film in the STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY series will star Han Solo, be released on May 25, 2018, and be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. If those names sound familiar, they should, as Lord and Miller have been delighting audiences for the past few years with features like THE LEGO MOVIE, 21 JUMP STREET, and 22 JUMP STREET. This is an awesome hire for STAR WARS, as Lord and Miller have been at or near the top of the directorial short lists for a number of high profile projects. Warner Bros. was hoping the pair would direct THE FLASH as part of the studio’s DC Extended Universe. STAR WARS is STAR WARS, though, as the directors demonstrated both their passion and the understanding of the challenge in front of them in the official announcement: “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” Lord and Miller will be working off of a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RETURN OF THE JEDI, THE FORCE AWAKENS) and Jon Kasdan. The story centers on Han Solo prior to his first meeting with Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in A NEW HOPE. It sounds like an origin story, described as how a young Han Solo became the charismatic smuggler we know him to be. Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy will produce and feels very confident in the team now in place: “It’s not just any filmmaker who can tell the story of such a beloved icon like Han Solo, and I’m excited to say we’ve found the perfect team to handle the task. Larry and Jon know all there is to know about the character, and Chris and Phil will bring their wit, style, energy and heart to tell Han’s story.” Casting is going to be critical. Stepping into the immortal boots of Harrison Ford is no easy task, but whoever lands what is sure to be a coveted role will be surrounded by a tremendous group of talent. This might be the hardest STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY to get right, but Lucasfilm is definitely off to a great start. Source: Star Wars Christopher Miller & Phil Lord Tapped To Direct Han Solo STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY Film! was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Han Solo 11 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 5 “Contorno” next post Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Adds Elodie Yung As Elektra You may also like New STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Character... November 4, 2015 “Early 2014” Release Set For Final STAR... October 11, 2013 First Teaser for STAR WARS REBELS October 8, 2013 Josh Trank Will Direct A Stand-Alone STAR... June 4, 2014 The Force For Change Is Strong With... August 11, 2014 John Williams Is Officially Scoring ‘Star Wars:... July 27, 2013 MMM #188: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Adds... June 2, 2014 It’s Here! The STAR WARS: THE FORCE... November 28, 2014 NYCC: STAR WARS REBELS- Meet The Imperial... October 12, 2013 New STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Poster... October 18, 2015 ZackBop I hope they still at least write The Flash. They are/were perfect for that. And I didn’t really need to see a young Han Solo movie. But I can’t blame them for wanting to direct a Star Wars movie. Robert Reineke I have mixed feelings about this. Lord and Miller are talents and if you’re going to do a young Han Solo film, you couldn’t do much better. That said, I question the need to do a prequel film for a character who enters the world of Star Wars with a mysterious, but probably disreputable past and then discovers his heart is really in the right spot. The temptation is to right him as really a hero all along, undercutting his arc in Star Wars. You turn Han Solo into a big hero and you’re essentially doing 2 hours of “Greedo shot first”. We don’t need a young Han Solo movie. And, I suspect, that it’s going to be ripe for the same complaints that plagued the sequels. Remember when people were giving George Lucas credit for not putting Han Solo in the prequels? Adrian Edmondson 100 % agree . It’s like making a definitive “joker” origin movie , the best part of the character is the actual mystery behind them . You mess with that , you ruin the character . T.J. Han & Chewie’s pre-Episode IV escapades were all I was interested in seeing when they announced there would be a prequel trilogy all those years ago. Personally, I had little interest in watching Anakin Skywalker turn into Darth Vader in the prequels because I felt like the original trilogy already satisfactorily explained Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side. I wanted to see what kind of trouble Han & Chewie were getting themselves into before they met Luke & Obi-Wan. Double-crossing Lando? The Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs? Sign me up. All that’s to say, I hope we get a young Han Solo who is a scoundrel. Because, let’s be honest, your worship – we like Han because he’s a scoundrel. There aren’t enough scoundrels in our lives. 😛 Robert Reineke I have no real objection to a fun romp involving Han Solo, as long as they avoid fan service and just tell a story. I do worry that Han isn’t as interesting without a character arc. And, without being a foil to more earnest characters like Obi Wan, Luke and Leia. stock Han Solo, like Indiana Jones, cannot be done justice by anyone but Harrison Ford. Too many appearances, too many already cemented iconic moments in film history. I think it’s going to be hard for me personally to accept old Han Solo in this next film. Anyone else want to see him crash land the Millenium Falcoln into an alien golf course? Just for that art imitates life feeling? SeanLM When I think of dramatic tension, the first word that comes to mind is “prequel.” I used to think the Star Wars universe was a sandbox of limitless storytelling possibilities. But the makers just seem to have such a narrow focus that centers around the original trilogy and the prequels. Their choices indicate extreme risk aversion: a Han Solo prequel, Rogue One about stealing the Death Star Plans (featuring Darth Vader and a mission we already know succeeds), and Boba Fett Origins. I bet we’re going to see Tatooine multiple times again and probably Hoth and Cloud City. KOTOR had the right approach. Get thousands of years away from the OT and prequels so the sandbox is less restrictive. Robert Reineke I’m generally willing to suspend my disbelief enough to allow for dramatic tension. What worries me is the possible lack of a dramatic arc or one that undercuts the one we already saw. IMO, we were introduced to Han Solo at precisely the point where he was most interesting. SeanLM I’m guessing the Han Solo movie(s) will look like this: 1 Han goes AWOL from the imperial academy because he’s got a heart of gold 2 Han rescues Chewie and they team up 3 Han wins the Falcon from Lando 4 Han makes the Kessel Run in less than 5 parsecs 5 Han dumps Jabba’s cargo to avoid an imperial patrol and gets into debt While mildly interesting, it’s all sort of perfunctory and best left to a comic book mini-series. Of course, we’re assuming it’s a prequel and not a 75-year old Han shambling around, leaving the Falcon’s turn signal on, and hyper-spacing half way across the galaxy to get to the early bird special. That would open an entire lead-lined refrigerator of possibilities. Robert Reineke I hope they avoid every one of those points. I don’t want to automatically dismiss the movie before a word has been written so I’ll just say that Lord and Miller are smart guys and probably have some plan. It’s just that I think a good chunk of what makes Han so appealing is his character arc. I swear if westerns weren’t out of favor some Hollywood executive would think that an origin movie for The Man With No Name was a good idea. Dennis Ramirez You know, you gentlemen have completely ruined my excitement for this movie… Ha! Just kidding. It’s Star Wars, so of course nothing is going to temper my anticipation. However, you both bring up extremely relevant points. After reading your responses, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned. Here’s hoping that Miller and Lord feel the same way you do and deliver something truly original.