It looks like Disney has listened to the #MakeSolo2Happen campaign and a Disney+ Solo series could be in the cards.
May 25th is an important date in Star Wars film history, with Star Wars: A New Hope, Return Of The Jedi, and Solo: A Star Wars Story, all having premiered in theaters on that date. This year, for the second year in a row, on the anniversary of Solo’s release date, #MakeSolo2Happen was trending on Twitter.
On a budget estimated to be about $275 million, Solo made $392.9 million worldwide, so it wasn’t the hit that was expected for a Star Wars film. Solo was written by Lawrence Kasdan, who also wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, and his son Jonathan Kasdan. Creative differences between the writers and original directors led to a new director, Ron Howard, coming in after production was already underway.
Star Wars News Net claims ownership of #MakeSolo2Happen on their site with a statement that reads:
#MakeSolo2Happen is a positive fan movement sharing love for Solo: A Star Wars Story and showing support for continuing the adventures of Han Solo, Chewbacca, and the other characters from the film in a follow up movie or a series on Disney Plus. The hashtag was created by our own John Hoey, and has been an active campaign of positivity started by our own podcast The Resistance Broadcast with John, James Baney, and Lacey Gillean.
The site also goes on to boast acknowledgements from a number of people involved in the film, including director Ron Howard, writer Jon Kasdan, actor Joonas Suotamo, and many more.
Even Lucasfilm’s VP of live action development and production Michelle Rejwan spoke with us about it at the Global Press Conference for The Rise of Skywalker.
Solo is a prequel story focused on fan favorite Han Solo and how he got his start as a smuggler. Solo also shows when Han meets his friend and co-pilot Chewbacca, as well as Lando Calrissian. The movie covers a number of events that get mentioned in the original trilogy, including Han winning the Millennium Falcon from Lando and when he famously makes the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. While the film was not a box-office hit, it has retained a dedicated following among some Star Wars fans.
The cast includes Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, Joonas Suotamo as his Wookie co-pilot Chewbacca, Woddy Harrelson as Beckett, Han’s mentor in the world of smuggling, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos the sadistic leader of criminal gang The Crimson Dawn, and Emilia Clarke as Han’s first love and Dryden Vos’ cunning second in command Qi’ra. Darth Maul also made a surprise appearance, which was a shock to those who hadn’t seen Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Star Wars: Rebels.
Personally, I’d love to see more of Han Solo and Chewie’s escapades on the Millennium Falcon and I thought Ehrenreich did an impressive job portraying a young Han Solo, picking up a number of Harrison Ford’s mannerisms. And Donald Glover embodied Lando Calrissian masterfully. A number of #MakeSolo2Happen fans are interested in seeing more of Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra as she takes over running the Crimson Dawn. And it looks like those fans might be in luck.
The Power of #MakeSolo2Happen
According to Fandom Wire, a series following the events of Solo looks to be in development at Disney+. Fandom Wire reports that this project would focus not on the famed smuggler, but Qi’ra and Dart Maul. Maul’s appearance at the end of Solo seemed to imply that Qi’ra would be working directly for him as the new head of Crimson Dawn following Dryden Vos’ demise.
Maul has been further developed following his apparent death at the end of Phantom Menace. Maul has appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars wanting revenge against Obi-Wan where he begins building his criminal empire, including The Crimson Dawn. Dryden Vos actually appeared in a cameo in the final season of Clone Wars. Maul escaped at the end of Clone Wars during Order 66 and reappears in Star Wars: Rebels where he is continuing his search for Obi-Wan.
At the end of Solo, Maul tells Qi’ra “we will be working much more closely”. This sets up an interesting direction for a potential #MakeSolo2Happen project focusing more on the criminal network that Maul created. Fans have been wanting to see more since Clone Wars showed how Maul initially gained control of the galaxy’s criminal underworld and eludes to the power he holds over them. It also explains the tentative alliance that Vos mentions Crimson Dawn has with the Pyke Syndicate that Han and his team steal the raw coaxium from. It looks like #MakeSolo2Happen fans do want to see more of this story especially with characters already established like Qi’ra and Maul at the center of it.
What did you think about Solo: A Star Wars Story? Do you want to #MakeSolo2Happen? Would you be excited to see a series about Qi’ra and Darth Maul? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media.
Source: Fandom Wire