Days after publishing this story, there is a rumour floating about that there may be a Lando series coming to Disney+. While Lando would certainly be an interesting character to watch, I still stand by my original claim that an anthology series based around all the characters from Solo: A Star Wars Story would be more beneficial.
Fans have been beating to the beat of their own drum over the past year in hopes of persuading film studios to do things their way. Thanks to a sometimes impressive, sometimes ugly campaign, Warner Bros has finally agreed to release the Snyder Cut of Justice League on HBO Max. This has prompted fans to get David Ayer’s original cut of Suicide Squad to also get the VIP treatment. And while there is no director’s cut coming for any Star Wars movie in the future, fans have started petitioning the release of Solo 2.
Solo: A Star Wars Story came out just six months after the divisive eighth entry in the saga, The Last Jedi, was released. So fans were maybe still a bit divided on the topic. I enjoyed Solo a lot more than I thought I would, but also found the movie to be a bit shallow, more like a greatest hits of how Han got his stuff. I didn’t quite buy into Alden Ehrenreich as the lovable rogue, but thankfully Donald Glover as Lando was a steal stealer, as was Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.
Recently, Ehrenreich did an interview with Esquire and naturally, the topic went to a galaxy far, far away. In it, he stated that he felt that Solo “was kind of the last of the conventional-era Star Wars movie release time” and that coming back “depends on what it is. It depends on how it’s done. It depends if it feels innate to the story.” To add fuel to the fires of speculation, he concluded with the prospect of Han returning, stating “I’ve heard soooome stuff, but nothing concrete.”
Personally, I don’t think Solo 2 is happening anytime soon. It’s sad to say it, but there you have it. Solo: A Star Wars Story had the rockiest productions for Lucasfilm since the acquisition by Disney. They fired the original directors, Lord and Miller, when production was nearly done and brought in Ron Howard to reshoot at least 70% of the feature. The film made $393 million globally, a failure for a Star Wars feature. It’s the only Star Wars flick in the Disney era to not make a billion dollars. The film needed to break $500 million alone to recoup their loses. So Disney and Lucasfilm aren’t exactly going to be running out of the gate to make another one of these.
While Solo is a bad idea financially, there is something to be said about the idea of Han returning though. Solo: A Star Wars Story’s biggest problem is that it felt like a greatest hits of all the things we know from Han’s past, crammed into one feature film. But now that Lucasfilm put all their eggs in one basket, the drawing board is much more blank for a potential sequel. What happens next? The film teased they would meet up with Jabba the Hutt and by association, Boba Fett.
While a theatrical (and traditional sequel) might be out of the cards, an anthology series on Disney+ about all the scum and villainy that populate Han’s world may be a better gamble. I think one of the better things Solo got right was world-building. There are many things I just want to learn more about, especially Crimson Dawn, the organized crime syndicate run by Maul. I think this would be a great jumping-off point for a series, as Maul’s group is what binds Solo, Lando, Qi’Ra and even other gangsters like Jabba together. Each character can be brought into the narrative but perhaps each episode is a different protagonist, shifting the focus all around and letting everyone get their moment.
Another film starring Han Solo sounds like it could be fun but it doesn’t have the same potential that the world of scum and villainy has. Let’s use Han as a catalyst to enter the world and fully explore it for six episodes or so. Han can be in all six of those episodes, but only once will he be the protagonist. If they were to bring him back, I personally believe this would be the best way to tell further stories with him. If this limited series turns out to be a hit, then Disney+ can renew the show for further seasons.
But what do you think? Should Han Solo return to the big screen? Will he find a better home on Disney+ or should he simply be cast aside and let bygones be bygones? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page or Twitter page!