My prediction for Solo.

I think that, in a couple of years, they’re going to do a sequel for Solo after all, box office disaster or not. Why? Because it’s not a bad movie. Yeah, the robot was sometimes annoying — but, heck, droids are slaves in the Star Wars universe and I’ve been known to fulminate about that a little when I’ve had enough drinks in me. But the rest of it? …I genuinely liked it. It was a good heist film. Woody Harrelson in particular has nothing to be ashamed of.

And I suspect that in a couple of years there’s going to be enough of a slow burn of renewed interest that Disney will green-light a sequel. Particularly because of that one cameo. That one cameo offers the Extended Universe fans a chance to get some of their favorite stuff up on the big screen after all.  And if there’s anything that the Mouse is good at, it’s getting its money back on an investment. They’ll want to get it back on this one, too.

But that’s just my admittedly not juiced-in opinion, so I guess we’ll see.

Moe Lane

Oof: Solo opens so low*.

103 million for the weekend, which is pretty damned bad when compared to expectations and probably budget.  It’s usually a safe enough bet to count on Disney’s ability to make the sharp curve in time, but not this weekend; I was expecting $130 million.  Clearly, I was wrong. Good thing I don’t handicap movies for a living, huh?

Shame, though: Solo wasn’t bad, for what it was. And it may still generate legs and a sequel, because of [SPOILERS].  But there’s apparently a limit to how much Star Wars can be stuffed into a movie schedule.

Moe Lane

PS: I mistrust narratives.

*Line cheerfully stolen from Forbes.

The possibility of a suggestion of a hint that Solo might not suck.

The earliest reviews for Solo are coming in at it being… good.  Funny. A Western/heist caper, with a good Lando Calrissian.  This may sound like damning with faint praise, but let’s face it; the expectations for this movie were on the floor, and burning through it. If Solo comes out of it looking functional and sufficiently franchise-building, there’s gonna be a more hype than if it was goram Arrival-with-Wookiees.


Yeah, I’m gonna go see it.  I should accept this aspect of my psychology.  I make generous allowances for movies that Blow Stuff Up.  It’s a personally trait, not a flaw.

Who the heck let George Lucas wander around the Solo set unattended?

He ended up being managing to be “helpful:”

“[George Lucas] had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours,” [Lucasfilm President Kathleen] Kennedy says. “There’s even one little moment in a scene that — I can’t tell you what, sorry — but in the scene on the Millennium Falcon where George said, ‘Why doesn’t Han just do this.’”

In other words, George Lucas helped direct a small part of Solo.

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This leaked Solo LEGO toy materials reminds us that there’s a Star Wars Solo movie coming up.

Which Disney has been keeping absolutely under wraps up, to this point. Seriously: this Lego stuff is about the only bits we’ve really seen of any of the promo material. Solo is supposed to be coming out in May, and it’s not being hyped at all for a Star Wars movie.  Or even that much, really.  I went and I looked at how they did Rogue One, and trailers were dropping for the movie (which hit the screens in December) in April of that year.  We should have seen the first trailers for this movie in September 2017.


Well, folks: if you’re rooting for a Star Wars movie to flat-out bomb, I think that we’ve maybe found our first legitimate candidate for that. Between that silence and the rumors of a troubled productions, it’s very possible that Solo will stink on ice.  And, yes: I got a bad feeling about this…