Yesterday Entertainment Weekly provided tons of great new content for “The Force Awakens,” and today they’re providing some new details about the Han Solo Anthology film with an interview with Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan!
Here’s a bit of what Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan had to say about it to Entertainment Weekly.
“There’s got to be a reason for [the stand-alone film] to be. And obviously the thing that Star Wars has always done so well is it doesn’t spend a lot of time [explaining] the stories that have come before. We don’t want to do that either. We don’t want to spend time going back and answering a lot of questions that, quite frankly, I don’t think people want answered.”
“I think the key here is that we are identifying an event or events in Han Solo’s life that gives you some idea of who he is and why he is the character we have all known to love.”
“You can imagine, given who we’ve chosen to come in and direct, it should be very entertaining and funny. Han Solo is the character inside Star Wars that everybody knows has a wit and sense of humor. So that’s what this should be.”
“He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s. We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.”
“They said, ‘Here are the things that we’d like to make movies about,’ and I said, ‘Oh, well, Han Solo. I would write a movie about Han Solo. He’s always been my favorite.’ And that’s the job that I took.”
On how he got his son Jon involved: “Since I did not expect to be sidetracked like this (sidetracked by writing The Force Awakens script with J.J. Abrams) when I came back to it I said to Kathy, you know, I would like Jon to write this with me,” Kasdan recalls. “I could use some inspiration and Jon is really good, and he’s full of energy for the project, and I said, I think Jon would be a good one to do this. And we went forward that way.”
Kathleen Kennedy also gives an update on the third Anthology film that was to be directed by Josh Trank and written by Simon Kinberg:
“It’s still one of the stories that we absolutely want to tell. There is a lot of innovative technology in and around what it is we’re doing with that story, so for a lot of reasons, we were comfortable postponing that. But we’re definitely still developing it.”
“We’re trying to get to a point where we’re never rushing for anything.”
In regards to the Han Solo Anthology film, I’m happy to hear they will be telling a story of Han in his late teens or early 20’s, as it would make casting a lot harder if they were going to tell a Han Solo story closer to “A New Hope.” And while it’s a bummer we’ll be waiting awhile for the third Anthology film, I am intrigued even more about it now, given what she said about using innovative technology for it’s story. But thankfully we have plenty of other “Star Wars” movies to hold us over until that one comes out!
Be sure to check out the full article over at Entertainment Weekly.