Solo 2: Writer ‘Grateful And Galvanized’ By Viral Campaign For Star Wars Sequel
The first movie opened 42 years ago today on May 25, 1977. That’s when we first met Han Solo, as played by Harrison Ford. Over 40 years later, we finally got Han’s backstory in , with the young scoundrel played by Alden Ehrenreich. ended up a scapegoat, since the box office wasn’t quite what was expected for a franchise movie. Reviews were mixed, but the fans who loved it are staunch defenders for it. Those fans recently launched a campaign to continue the story, getting #MakeSolo2Happen trending. director Ron Howard had a simple reaction, but co-screenwriter Jon Kasdan had more expansive thoughts:
Yeah, was set several years before the first movie and ended with potential for how to continue Han’s story until reaching the point of . could’ve filled that timeline easily — and maybe still could?
Jonathan Kasdan worked on the script that his father, longtime writer Lawrence Kasdan, had started before joining the writing team. infamously hit a rough patch when initial directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the film. One of the rumored issues behind-the-scenes was the directors encouraging a lot of improvisation away from the script. Ron Howard took over as director for the rest of filming, and reshoots.
The resulting film has a 70% fresh rating from 442 critics and a 64% audience score from nearly 41,000 RT users. also has an A- CinemaScore from polled moviegoers, which is slightly down from the A that , , and all received. But the A- ties all three prequels, and it’s still better than the B- that got in 2008, marking the lowest CinemaScore.
wasn’t everyone’s cup of blue milk, but it’s clear the film still has a lot of fans out there, and they have "galvanized" Jon Kasdan. Maybe he’s gearing up to make a new argument to Lucasfilm to give a chance — either in theaters or (more likely?) on the new Disney+ streamer launching in November. Never tell him the odds!
Meanwhile, there’s disagreement in the rest of the galaxy when it comes to the movies that hit the big screen. There’s a petition against the movie being made by the showrunners, and some fans aren’t excited about after . But on the flip side, some fans are thrilled about the new movies coming, especially as it ends the nine-film Skywalker Saga. Keep up with everything heading to theaters this year with our 2019 movie schedule.