LEGO Movie Directors On Board For Han Solo Spin-Off
With all the hype surrounding December’s The Force Awakens and its sequels, Star Wars fans have plenty to keep them busy in the years ahead, but these aren’t the only upcoming additions to the franchise. Lucasfilm is also developing the Anthology Series, which will be launched with next year’s Rogue One. By all indications, the second film in this series will be an untitled Han Solo prequel scheduled for release on May 25th, 2018. All the Star Wars films currently in the works are being directed by established sci-fi auteurs (J.J. Abrams, Gareth Edwards, Rian Johnson), but it appears that Lucasfilm has ventured outside the box to pick the director(s) for the Han Solo movie.
Best known for directing animation (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The LEGO Movie) and comedy (21/22 Jump Street), directing team Christopher Miller and Phil Lord will strike some as an unusual choice, if only because of their tendency to direct far less reputable projects. “This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with,” Miller and Lord simultaneously said or (more likely) wrote. “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.”
Some fans of Lord and Miller might be nervous that they are bypassing screenwriting duties this time around, but that limitation didn’t stop them from putting their distinctive stamp on the Jump Street movies. Plus, the script is in good hands with Star Wars regular Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens) and his son Jon (In the Land of Women). So what’s it about? According to the press release on StarWars.com, this film is a kind of origin story that “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.”