The failure of the movie “Lightyear” has brought apparently points to a problem for the industrywhich could be much greater than the Pixar crisis, because in recent statements, Stuart Beattie, screenwriter for Pirates of the Caribbean or Collateral, has clarified his participation in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
If we remember, at first it was as a screenwriter for a trilogy of films that he wrote the first one, because in successive installments he would have talked about the acceptance of mortality by the protagonist, until leading us to his death at the hands of Darth Vader.
It seems that those plans that were had in Star Wars, were frustrated, transforming the project into a series, this because of the box office failure of “Han Solo”.
What was the Star Wars mistake?
It should be noted that “Han Solo” was born as a project within LucasFilm when “Star Wars” had not yet been bought by Disney in 2012. When Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of “The Empire Strikes Back” and responsible for the first approach of this prequel, was assigned after the sale to “The Awakens of the Force”.
The script was finished by his son Jonathan. The film began shooting with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as directors. Those were times when Disney was betting on the possibilities of divergent approaches for its franchises, and that is why it opened the “A Star Wars Story” label to tell origin stories or stories outside the main trilogies.
As if that were not enough, they would have a more authorial stamp. This is how “Rogue One” was produced in 2016, directed by Gareth Edwards (‘Monsters’, ‘Godzilla’) and that is why “Han Solo” was awarded to Lord and Miller, creators of franchises such as “The LEGO Movie”, “Infiltrated class” or “Rain of meatballs”, in conclusion linked to more casual fans.
After all that, it was learned that the directors ended up distancing themselves from the film due to creative disagreements with Disney (basically, they wanted to explore an improvised style of acting for the actors, something unheard of in a franchise production like this) and were replaced by the much more conventional Ron Howard.
That is why the film did not respond at the box office: 393 million dollars of collection against 300 of budget, insufficient to consider the film something beyond a notable failure.
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The failure of “Han Solo”
It seems that the closure of the “A Star Wars Story” label led to the end of these side projects, among which was the trilogy of Obi-Wan Kenobi films that Beattie talks about, but it was not the only stoppage of Disney with the franchise.
It turns out that “Han Solo” was in fact coming off a canceled “A Star Wars Story” movie centered on Boba Fett and directed by Josh Trank. And the failure of ‘Han Solo’ led to the closure of another spin-off, this one without a title and of which no further details have been revealed except that it took place on Tatooine.
It cannot be said that Disney has never been characterized by its daring with the franchise, as evidenced by the Abrams trilogy, eminently conservative in its devoted fan approach to Lucas’s originals, or the closure of the Expanded Universe before starting with the new ones. films, to have everything tied up and well tied up.
“Han Solo” was, despite its irregular rhythm, a nice adventure film, demystifying and playful with the canon. It was refreshing and that’s why, perhaps, it failed at the box office.
Now, Disney has found with the series format for “Star Wars” a new way to ensure success: easier to produce and structure under controlled schemes, curiously it is in this area where the best Disney production for the franchise has been developed. , “The Mandalorian”.
But also the worst, “Obi-Wan Kenobi’, which is devoted to fan-service and having lost its structure as a trilogy of films, lacks the suggestive sense of risk of Beattie’s original project.
In conclusion, it is very likely that you will no longer see movies like “Han Solo” or “Rogue One” in Disney’s “Star Wars”, and to verify this, you will only have to compare the latter with its spin-off on Disney+, “Andor” , where quite possibly all the rough edges of Gareth Edwards’s wonderful film will be ironed out.
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