When Disney+ launched, it seemed like it could provide infinite possibilities for Disney-owned properties to expand beyond what could be seen on the big screen. Perhaps even for films whose box office performance didn’t do well enough for them to warrant an expensive big-budget sequel. With Rogue One‘s Cassian Andor getting a Disney+ series, there’s buzz about who could be next to get the Disney+ treatment. Unfortunately, that likely won’t be Alden Ehrenreich‘s young Han Solo, whose 2018 origin film Solo: A Star Wars Story is still left without a sequel.
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It’s no secret that Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t turn out to be the box office hit that Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm hoped it would be. The film’s performance convinced Lucasfilm to hold back on anymore spin-offs under the “Star Wars Story” banner until they regrouped and figured out how to best approach the future of Star Wars.
But what was the reason for Solo: A Star Wars Story underperforming at the box office? If you ask director Ron Howard, it might have something to do with the competitive summer release date as opposed to the new Christmas tradition for Star Wars movies. But he also believes relentless trolls may have influenced general audiences unaware of any malicious internet activity. Read More »
Even though Solo: A Star Wars Story ended up being a disappointment at the box office, there were fans who still came away satisfied. That might have been helped by the fact that the ending of the movie featured a surprise twist that no one saw coming: the return of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace villain Darth Maul.
The end of Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals that Darth Maul is the mastermind behind the Crimson Dawn criminal organization that set the entire heist at the center of the movie into motion. The voice is provided by actor Sam Witwer, who played Darth Maul when the character returned during The Clone Wars animated series, as well as Star Wars Rebels. But it turns out the original voice actor from The Phantom Menace, Peter Serafinowicz of Shaun of the Dead and The Tick, had actually recorded dialogue for the movie as well. Unfortunately, he ended up being replaced before the final cut hit theaters. Read More »
Hopefully, one day, we’ll get the extensive story about the drama that unfolded behind the scenes of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which led to directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller leaving the project and getting replaced by Ron Howard. But until then, we’ll have to settle for a close look at the making of the movie through more official channels by way of a new book from Industrial Light & Magic.
Making Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming to shelves later this month, written by ILM visual effects supervisor and co-producer Rob Bredow. With a huge collection of previously never-before-seen photos from behind the scenes, the book offers plenty of insight into the process of making a Star Wars movie, from pre-production through post-prouction. Check out some of the photos from the Making Solo A Star Wars Story book below. Read More »
For some Star Wars fans, one of the biggest hurdles for Solo: A Star Wars Story was allowing themselves to accept Alden Ehrenreich playing a young Han Solo when they were already so used to Harrison Ford playing the character. Well, thanks to the the technological magic of Deepfake, an artificial intelligence-based human image synthesis technique, fans can see what Solo: A Star Wars Story might have looked like with Harrison Ford in the lead.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch a featurette diving into the creation of the monster from the Kessel Run in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Plus, filmmaker Mike Flanagan talk about directing fear in Netflix’s new series The Haunting of Hill House, and Sissy Spacek breaks down the most iconic characters from her long career. Read More »
(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired or in this case help us better understand George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: The Leviathan)
Ruairí Robinson isn’t a filmmaker that’s a household name, but maybe he should be. He’s an Academy Award nominated Irish filmmaker known for his science fiction shorts. He was nominated in 2002 in the Best Short Film, Animated category with the film Fifty Percent Grey, but ended up losing out to Ralph Eggleston’s comedy short For the Birds. At one point, he was signed on to direct the live-action version of Akira, but that fell through. Most recently, he put together a short film called The Leviathan(2015)that was a proof of concept for a feature film he wanted to make.
It went viral and found itself inspiring the Star Wars universe in unexpected ways. Read More »
Now that Solo: A Star Wars Story is available on digital download, Blu-ray and DVD, you know it’s time to see How It Should Have Ended. Considering the ending of this movie had such a shocking ending, complete with a surprise cameo that no one was expecting, you would think this edition would be ripe with alternate endings. Instead, what we get is two editions of How It Should Have Started, and then an extended, introspective version of How It Should Have Ended.
Find out what we’re talking about by watching How Solo A Star Wars Story Should Have Ended below. Read More »
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No one asked for an origin story for Han Solo, but earlier this year we got one anyway in the form of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Sure, you might have forgotten that movie came out in theaters towards the beginning of the summer, but now it’s out on Blu-ray and DVD, so everyone who skipped it in theaters can scoff at it from the comfort of their own home.
Also doing plenty of scoffing is the Solo A Star Wars Story Honest Trailer, which accurately notes that this is the darkest Star Wars movie yet. No, seriously, it’s literally dark and it can be somewhat difficult to make out what’s going on in some scenes. But hey, at least they didn’t come up with a stupid origin for Han Solo’s name. Oh, wait. Read More »
Now that Solo: A Star Wars Story is out on home video (on digital download, with a Blu-ray and DVD release this week), the folks over at Lucasfilm are diving into the making of the film. That includes revealing several pieces of concept art with drastically different designs for a certain surprise cameo in the movie that completely caught fans off guard. Find out more about the thought process and alternate designs for that Solo A Star Wars Story cameo below. Read More »