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Star Wars: Solo director reveals what it would take for sequel to happen

Published: 4/Nov/2020 12:48 Updated: 4/Nov/2020 12:53

by Daniel Megarry


Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard has teased that a sequel could happen “somewhere down the line” if support from fans continues to grow.

The 2018 movie told the origin story of Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian a decade before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. It became the lowest-grossing live-action film in the Star Wars franchise, and it appears that plans for a trilogy were shelved.

That hasn’t stopped viewers from speculating about further stories for the characters, though. With the success of The Mandalorian, some fans have been hoping for a spin-off Disney+ series that could explore Solo’s story in a new (and potentially better) format.

Solo A Star Wars Story
Plans for a Solo trilogy were put on hold after the first movie failed to set the box office alight

Solo director Ron Howard was a guest on the Lights, Camera, Barstool podcast where he was asked if he’d heard anything about plans for a sequel – or maybe even a spin-off series – based on the characters featured in his movie.

Ron Howard says there’s “interest” in more Solo adventures

Although he confirmed that there are currently no confirmed plans for more Solo adventures, Howard did suggest that there is “interest” in the movie’s characters, and that growing fan support could lead to a sequel of some sort in the future.

“[There are] no rumblings, though, and this is not a spoiler or anything, but I think there is interest in those characters. I think there’s interest in the gangster world somewhere down the line,” he said.

“I can assure you there is nothing being developed right now for a movie or Disney Plus. But, one great thing is there has been a lot of affection shown for Solo, and so of course that keeps boding well for them to eventually turn it around.”

Hans Solo and Chewbacca in Star Wars
Alden Ehrenreich has said he’s open to playing Han Solo again if it’s the right story

Alden Ehrenreich, who portrayed Solo in the 2018 movie, recently told Esquire that he would be open to reprising his role, but that it would depend on “what it is” and “if it feels innate to the story” – so there’s definitely hope if the story is done right.

More Star Wars stories coming to Disney+

While the future of Star Wars on the big screen seems to be uncertain right now, Disney have found success with their live-action TV series The Mandalorian, with new episodes of Season 2 available to stream on Disney+ every Friday.

There are other shows in the works, too. A currently-untitled upcoming series will focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi, another will follow Rogue One’s Cassian Andor, and there’s even a new animated series titled Star Wars: The Bad Batch on the way. We’re hoping Han Solo will be added to that list soon.


Spider-Verse producer wants Spider-Man: Miles Morales glitches in sequel

Published: 28/Nov/2020 19:29

by Theo Salaun


The transformational glitches in Spider-Man: Miles Morales are pretty hilarious. So hilarious, in fact, that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s producer, screenplay and story writer, Phil Lord, wants to use them in the hit movie’s sequel.

Lord and his filmmaking duo, Christopher Miller, are no strangers to animation or comedy. With titles like Spider-Verse, Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street under their shared filmmaking belt, it’s no wonder that the two are unafraid of getting a little weird with the animated Spider-Man flick’s sequel.

And if you want inspiration for red and blue weirdness, look no further than the Miles Morales game. Playable on PS4 and PS5, the title has apparently been a massive success, with 97 percent of Google users enjoying it. While people are typically annoyed with launch day bugs, the issues with this one are just too funny to chastise. 

With weird, viral videos of players transforming into various inanimate objects, it was actually a transformation of a patio heater that caught Lord’s eye. Now, it appears that “Heater Parker” could become a reality in Spider-Verse 2.

Since the original Spider-Verse movie was chock-full of absurdities and goofy odes to different genres or pop-culture references, invoking a video game’s glitch should be no problem. And, as far as content goes, few things evoke comedic surrealism as much as a patio heater using a web to swing from building to building in New York City.

For Lord, at least, the randomized development mistake appears too funny to ignore as film inspiration: “We’re putting this in Spider-Verse 2 if we have any self-respect at all.”

Hopefully, he and Miller have as much self-respect as the title’s developers, Insomniac Games, have humility. In response to Lord’s tweet, which has since gone viral, the game’s makers couldn’t help but acknowledge their imperfections with a pun.

While we were under the impression that patio heaters were meant to heat patios, not hearts, the Insomniac reflection remains accurate: this silly, inanimate object glitch is “equally as embarrassing as it is heartwarming.”

But, above all else, they’re just funny. It could legitimately be one of gaming and cinema’s greatest, most randomly inspired crossovers if Spider-Verse 2 involves an alternate dimensional Heater Parker.