A day after Disney confirmed that it will explore standalone “Star Wars” spinoffs, The Hollywood Reporter unveiled on Wednesday that the iconic Han Solo and Boba Fett will be the central figures of those spinoffs.
The Solo project will be set between the first and second “Star Wars” trilogies, prior to his meeting Luke Skywalker in “Episode IV: A New Hope.”
The Fett movie will be anchored between two of the three original movies. Fett appeared as a child in the prequel trilogy in 1999-2005, which was the second trilogy produced.
Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct the first in the next “Star Wars” trilogy, which is due in 2015.
George Lucas sold Lucasfilm, which includes the rights to the “Star Wars” franchise, for a reported $4.05 billion last October.
Before the ink dried on the Lucasfilm takeover, Disney injected life into the “Star Wars” fan base that had mostly been dormant since 2005.
This life-long “Star Wars” fan is a bit hesitant, though. With all the talk of spinoffs and a new trilogy, will the franchise suffer from overkill in the near future?
Who cares? This story of a lifetime is finally going to get its creative due!
No longer will Lucas’ tight-fisted control—and digressive screenplay writing—restrict the story and its characters from reaching their long-overdue potential. With the input from a wider creative base, “Star Wars” will now be able to reach for, well, the stars.
This moviegoer is anxious to get rid of the aftertaste left by Lucas’ subpar prequel trilogy and to replace it with the sweetness of new and inspired creativity from some of Hollywood’s best, most of whom grew up on “Star Wars.”
It will be interesting to see who is cast to play Solo, who was originally played by Harrison Ford.