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Kasdans Talk Necessity of a Solo Origin Story and More

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, May 17, 2018.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    There is no denying that Solo: A Star Wars Story’s pre-release buzz has had a slightly different feel than the other Star Wars releases in the Disney era. Some point to the general lesser interest around non-saga films. Others point out that the director shake-up halfway through production doesn’t bode well for the film’s coherence. But, one of the most often cited complaints about the upcoming film by fans is that “we didn’t need a Han Solo origin story”.





    Of course, the complaints seem to be coming from a pretty small minority as box office tracking seems very good for Solo. Whether you agree with the idea that Disney could have had more impact and told a more compelling story if they had gone elsewhere with the second standalone film, the movie is complete, about to hit theaters, and getting a mostly positive critical reception so far. While doing the press circuit, Inside the Magic got a chance to sit down with writers Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan to ask them about their take on the film’s necessity.



    So, what are the writers’ thoughts on whether we actually needed this movie?



    All of what they say here is true in a vacuum. There is no inherent negative in the existence of this movie. Star Wars movies don’t really need to be about plot, so it doesn’t matter if we already know that half the characters make it out alive. If their story within the film is compelling, and the character interactions, portrayals, and growth are fun and interesting, any movie can have great value based on those aspects alone.



    On the flip side, fans are always left to wonder what other options for standalone movies might have been left behind to get this instead. And of course, we may never know, which makes worrying about it fruitless. (But if I ever find out Solo took the place of a Max Rebo Band tour mockumentary, I’ll never forgive the smug smuggler)



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    One other point of concern among parts of fandom has been how they would treat Han Solo’s backstory from the old EU. The writers went into some detail on how they approached that.



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    That’s a nice bit of insight into the true approach of the creative teams and the story group. It’s an often misunderstood dynamic that can sometimes portray the story group as all powerful overlords directing every second of every plot. But from all comments from those who have actually created the movies, it seems the opposite is more the case. Creators create. The story group just helps them make it fit.



    Head over to ITM for the rest of the interview which has some great insights on the approach to the younger Lando and Han dynamic, getting inspiration from Ron Howard’s Willow, and trying to get some other classic characters in the movie.





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    I'm surprised Lawrence didn't read the books.
     
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    Why does that surprise you? Most Star Wars fans don't read them either.
     
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    I just thought he would've give them a try. Some good ones after all to prepare him for the project responsibility.
     
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    The Han Solo Trilogy books was a drag to get through IMO. I couldn't finish the series.
     
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    Fair enough, friends of mine have said the same.
     
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