The last few years have been a great time for Star Wars fans, as new and exciting content hit theaters to expand the galaxy far, far away. One of the ways Disney expanded Lucasfilm's scope was through standalone films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Ron Howard stepped in to complete Solo after the original directors' departure, but the blockbuster ended up being the franchise's first box office disappointment. But one top Disney exec thinks the project gets a bad wrap.
Alan Horn is Disney's Film Chief, and works on bringing the massive Star Wars franchise to theaters for the generations of fans. And while Solo: A Star Wars Story failed to be a critical or box office breakaway hit, he doesn't think it deserves all of the bad press it's gotten since arriving in theaters in May of 2018. He recently spoke to that, saying:
That's certainly one way of thinking. Because Solo was apart of the behemoth Star Wars franchise, the expectations for the standalone movie were sky high. Additionally, Solo had the added pressure of expanding a fan favorite's backstory, while passing the baton to Alden Ehrenreich from OG hero Harrison Ford. Audiences didn't ultimately respond to those efforts, and it's unclear if a sequel will come to fruition.
Alan Horn's comments to THR reflect the complicated world of filmmaking, especially when it comes to beloved franchises like Star Wars. Disney has the process largely down to a science, juggling both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and George Lucas' beloved space opera. Lucasfilm has also been shown to take risks with Star Wars, as Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi purposefully subverted fan expectations. J.J. Abrams is next back behind the director's chair for The Last Jedi, completing both the current trilogy and overall Skywalker Saga in one foul swoop.
It's currently unclear if standalone films are still in the cards for the Star Wars franchise, although Rian Johnson is working on his own trilogy of movies, while Game of Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have their own deal with Lucasfilm.
Star Wars Episode IX will arrive in theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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