Solo doesn’t need a sequel – but Star Wars should create more anthology stories

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With the Zack Snyder minimize of Justice League set to turn out to be a actuality subsequent yr, it’s turn out to be clear that on-line fan campaigns can really work – and a few Star Wars followers at the moment are making an attempt to begin their very own motion, utilizing the two-year anniversary of spin-off film Solo to drum up assist for a sequel.

Personally, would I wish to see more of Alden Ehrenreich’s tackle Harrison Ford’s smuggler? Do I believe Disney and Lucasfilm should #MakeSolo2Happen? Properly, possibly not – I believed Solo was enjoyable sufficient but not particularly diverting, and it was a large enough field workplace failure to make its return not possible anyway – but I do ponder whether Disney and LucasFilm pulled the plug too shortly on their anthology Star Wars stories.

Following The Power Awakens, the discharge of spin-off prequel Rogue One in 2016 was presupposed to usher in a new period of Star Wars, alternating mainstream “episodic” movies just like the numbered Skywalker saga with standalone adventures delving into different eras in a galaxy far, distant.

With Rogue One’s monetary and significant success, it appeared just like the mannequin was working – but then Solo got here together with a troubled manufacturing historical past and a too-short hole away from The Final Jedi (as an alternative of the standard yr, there have been solely 5 months between the movies as LucasFilm tried to shift Star Wars to a summer season launch).

As we now know, Solo was not a success – and for LucasFilm’s planning it was apparently an abject catastrophe, main them to scrap the entire “Star Wars Story” anthology drive. A deliberate Obi-Wan Kenobi film has been punted to Disney+ as a sequence as an alternative (the place it’s continued to have some manufacturing points), a rumoured Tattooine-set story was scrapped solely, and LucasFilm refocused a lot consideration on the newly-minted “Skywalker Saga” in latest months that Rogue One and Solo stood out like sore thumbs.

Clearly, an try for a Marvel-style system of releasing a number of motion pictures a yr wasn’t essentially the best way to go for Star Wars. But did Disney throw the Child Yoda out with the bathwater?

Personally, I really feel like Solo was a distinctive case, hampered by a not-particularly-interesting premise (the youthful years of a character who emerges totally shaped within the authentic 1977 Star Wars), the spring launch date when followers had been getting used to Christmas Star Wars motion pictures and the lack of authentic author/administrators Phil Lord and Chris Miller (#ReleaseTheLordMillerCut, anybody?).

It wasn’t the fundamental concept of exploring the franchise’s historical past that followers objected to – they weren’t saying “Oh, we’re sick of those Star Wars stories”. They simply didn’t reply to 1 film. And as somebody eager to see into more corners of the Star Wars universe, I can’t assist but really feel a bit robbed.

The fantastic thing about Star Wars is that there’s a huge, unexplored universe spinning out in each course exterior the movies we’ve seen, and these anthology motion pictures appeared to know that. The success of The Mandalorian on Disney+ additionally exhibits that there’s nonetheless an urge for food to dip into smaller, standalone stories that don’t overtly cross over with the Skywalker saga, simply as the massive field workplace of Rogue One did.

Ben Mendelsohn as Director Krennic in Rogue One (Disney)

So will Disney and LucasFilm dip their toes again into these unsure waters? Properly, I hope so. Information of Taika Waititi’s solo Star Wars film offers me hope that we may very well be about to delve into some strange stories, or fill in some gaps within the fashion of Rogue One. In the meantime, Disney+ continues so as to add new prequels and spin-offs exploring Star Wars “historical past” (even when I might slightly these type of stories grew to become movies as an alternative).

So for now, I’ve my fingers crossed that going ahead the struggles of 1 spin-off don’t hamper the way forward for attention-grabbing Star Wars stories. Hans down, it’s my largest fear for the franchise.

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