Let's Not Freak Out About the Han Solo Movie Just Yet

Esther Zuckerman
The Atlantic Wire

The day after Disney confirmed rumors that it would be developing stand-alone Star Wars films based on its beloved existing characters, Entertainment Weekly revealed Wednesday afternoon that beyond the Yoda talk, one of the new projects is a Han Solo origin story. There will be a Boba Fett adventure movie, too, but — what? A new Han Solo movie? Relax, there's hope. (A new hope, if you will.)

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According to EW's information, the Han Solo spin-off (potentially the biggest of the now Disney-owned LucasFilm's post-J.J. Abrams projects) would take place in between Revenge of the Sith (the last of George Lucas's prequel reboot trilogy), and A New Hope (the first of the original series). The Boba Fett project is said to land somewhere in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

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So, yes, it appears that Disney has a bit of the Marvel Avengers bug, except there's no (legit) comic-book history here. Instead, several obvious questions already abound: First off, who on Earth could  possibly exude the ruggedly handsome snark of Harrison Ford ever again? (We're not buying Zachary Levi and never will.) Secondly, how many spin-offs before Disney collapses an already damaged franchise in the wake of its own desire to make a ton of money off the LucasFilm acquisition? And concern is already brewing on Twitter:

One of the proposed new Star Wars projects: A young Han Solo movie. I WARNED YOU ALL: insidemovies.ew.com/2013/02/06/sta… #THISONLYENDSINTEARS

— Adam Sternbergh (@sternbergh) February 6, 2013

But! Anthony Breznican at Entertainment Weekly points out that, when Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that spinoffs were in the works, he mentioned that they would be written by Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan. While Kinberg has done work on big-budget fare like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, some X-Men films, and Sherlock Holmes, Kasdan is a native to this world. He was one of the writers for both Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, so he's done work developing these characters in the time periods to which they are set to return. And he's set to scribe some of the new  reboots of Star Wars proper, so he'll either steady the comeback (star?) ship or go down with the whole thing.

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Still, let's not get too excited at once — here's always the possibility of Shia LaBoeuf:

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