It was, in the words of another faltering sci-fi franchise, sheer f–king hubris. Riding high on the biggest domestic gross of all time for The Force Awakens and Rogue One passing the $1billion mark, Lucasfilm thought they were bulletproof.
All of the spin-offs, anthology possibilities and places to explore in the galaxy far, far away and they decided the direction to head in next was to re-cast one of the most iconic roles in cinema. To tell a story nobody asked for. To do it while changing out yet another set of directors. All the while The Last Jedi was lurking ready to kick fandom in the face whole yelling at them that not liking it was their fault.
By the time Solo hit theaters any goodwill towards new Disney Star Wars had pretty much gone. Saddled with a huge production budget from an almost complete reshoot, the movie failed. A Star Wars movie flopped. Think on that for a moment.
Despite all of this, Solo still remains a better movie than The Last Jedi and The Rise Of Skywalker, which must really sting at Lucasfilm after all the effort was put into The Adventures Of Space Mary Sue The Perfect. Then there were rumors. Whispers. Stories were told that perhaps the adventures of boy-Han and his furry sidekick were not yet done.
First there was a rumor that the movie may receive a sequel after all. Then came the twist that it would be a series on Disney+. This latter rumor seemed to fit, afterall Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Michelle Rejwan have proved Star Wars can work well in serial form if treated with respect via The Mandalorian.
Now, however, the director himself has spoken. Ron Howard has shot down these rumors. Speaking on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy, he said:
“Well, there’s no sequel planned now. It’s amazing to be a part of a Star Wars movie that seems to be a kind of underground hit, which is not what you’d expect, but that’s been an odd, strange journey for that movie.”
What this means for other rumored shows like a Lando spin-off remains unclear. Good Star Wars content up to the quality of The Mandalorian, when coupled with Marvel content that is coming such as WandaVision and Moon Knight, would make me keep my Disney+ subscription.
As it currently stands it is nothing but a baby-sitting service in my house. Disney needs to stop playing around, snap itself out of it’s apparent Star Wars related paralysis and let people who understand the property and the fans get moving.
How the suits have failed to consider the reception The Mandalorian has received compared to The Rise Of Skywalker, and turn that into a plan is potentially another entry in the “Hollywood is really dumb” file we have here at the Outpost.