Oct
17
2017
2

Han Solo movie’s official title revealed.

And three guesses what the name of said Han Solo movie is.

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Aug
10
2017
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I can’t get upset that John Williams isn’t scoring the Han Solo movie.

Let me be honest about it: Mr. Williams is an old man. I don’t know how many more movie scores he has in him.  I’d rather that John Williams makes sure that the one for Episode Nine is written and done first:

Composer John Powell, who may be best known for his memorable soundtracks to the Matt Damon Bourne series, ShrekKung Fu Panda (1 and 2), and How to Train Your Dragon (1 and 2), will be lifting the baton to score the upcoming young Han Solomovie, due in theaters next year. Powell is only the third composer to be welcomed into the exclusive family of Star Wars live-action music writers, which includes the legendary John Williams (the eight Skywalker saga movies) and Michael Giacchino, who scored last December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The untitled Han Solomovie will be scored in the style of the original Star Wars movies but retain Powell’s distinctive voice.

Is this greedy of me? Perhaps. But the scores from the second Star Wars trilogy were about the only thing I liked about those movies, and the last one just won’t be the same without that John Williams touch. And, heck, I liked the music in Kung Fu Panda.  That series has been remarkably free of sequel suckitude.

Jun
22
2017
4

Tweet of the Day, This DOES Encapsulate Ron Howard’s Han Solo Movie Problem edition.

Yeah, it’s pretty much official: Ron Howard has taken over directing the Han Solo flick, and the “Help me, Opie-Wan” jokes are already blossoming all over the Internet.  And the dread pronouncements of the word “Willow.” And the folks asking if there’s going to be any narration by Howard.

So finding somebody saying something new to say was a bit of a challenge:

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Jun
20
2017
4

Ron Howard to be replacement director on Han Solo movie?

Well, that would be interesting.

Deadline hears that Ron Howard has emerged as front-runner to replace Phil Lord & Christopher Miller on the untitled Han SoloStar Wars spinoff film. Disney dropped a shocker this afternoon with the announcement that the duo exited a picture that has been in production since February at London’s Pinewood Studios.

I mean, they gotta get somebody. But Ron Howard hasn’t had a real hit for almost a decade. Does the Mouse even want him directing a Star Wars flick? Han Solo is not really his style. — Note that I’m assuming that the Mouse can get him, if the Mouse happens to want Ron Howard.  You can do that, when you’re well on the way to owning the entire American film industry outright.

Then again, I can’t think of anybody offhand who might be good for directing the Han Solo standalone. I’m not even sure what the Han Solo standalone would be about. Besides spectacle, of course.

Dec
15
2016
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Shooting to start soon on Star Wars Han Solo flick.

As in February. Which, according to that Coming Soon link, is when Episode VIII stuff starts revving up in high gear.  Going to be interesting when they finish Episode IX and then the studio won’t have to be alternating Star Wars tracks every year.  Or will they keep doing that anyway?  You can bet that somebody at the Mouse is thinking really hard about that, even as we speak.

As to the Han Solo flick? The biggest question for me is*, will they bring in Peter Mayhew for Chewbacca?  There’s a possibility that they won’t, and it’s a decent one: he’s doing Episode VIII already. Dude’s getting up there in years.  I’d maybe feel differently if JJ Abrams hadn’t brought in Mayhew for Episode VII and done right by him, but he did, so maybe get another guy to play the part for the Solo standalone.

Moe Lane

*Yeah, the leeway I’m giving the people making this flick is pretty much assuming that Rogue One tomorrow Will Not Suck. But the early reviews are good. Gushing, even.  So we’ll see.

Jul
26
2016
6

Disney planning many, *many* solo Solo films.

Alternate title: Film Studio Plans to Lovingly Cultivate Money Tree.

In a move that should come as no surprise to anyone, The New York Daily News reports that Lucasfilm and Disney are in talks to produce more Han Solo movies. In what has become the norm in Hollywood, Alden Ehrenreich, the recently confirmed casting choice for young Han Solo, has been quietly signed on for a three film contract, which if it comes to fruition will no doubt make many fans giddy with happiness.

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Jul
17
2016
1

There is a new Han Solo, and I am not twenty five anymore.

As the saying goes: I expected this, but not so soon.

The first meaningful public conversation with cast and creatives about Star Wars: Episode VIII and the franchise stand-alone Han Solo movie highlighted the marquee panel on the third and final day of Star Wars Celebration Europe. Panelists included new Han Solo star Alden Ehrenreich, who made his first public appearance sinceDeadline scooped he was being cast in the iconic role.

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Mar
08
2016
3

So, yeah, a Han Solo / Chewbacca origin story.

Jimmie describes it best, I think.

…But I would pay good money to see an animated Calvin and Hobbes In Space movie that was, in fact, an animated Calvin and Hobbes In Space movie.  No updating for a new generation. No edge. No darn CGI. Write it, draw it, voice it, put it on the screen. DONE.  It’ll make all your money back, and more.

But I’ll go see the Han Solo / Chewbacca origin story, sure.  Why not? The Force Awakens was pretty dang good.

Apr
02
2012
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…For some reason I feel better for seeing this.

I guess because we have people out there whose only job in life is trying to make sure that stuff like this can happen.

Via @caidid (it would have been the other guy, but Mother Jones blocked my personal IP* so they don’t want my traffic anyway).

Moe Lane

*Yes, I’m very proud of that, too.  The best part?  I don’t even remember going after them particularly.

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