The first film in the new Star Wars franchise won’t hit theaters until December, but everyone knows the movie is going to break some box office records. The internet was shut down for a week after the first trailer was released. Disney knows this, which is why they are already promoting their Star Wars anthology series.
We learned recently that the first franchise spinoff, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, will feature Darth Vader. It’s currently scheduled for a December 16, 2016 release date.
But the biggest Star Wars news of the week comes directly from the Star Wars website. Disney confirmed that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie) will be directing a Han Solo origin film, which is scheduled to hit theaters in 2018.
According to the website, the film will be focused on a young Han Solo and will be written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) and his son Jon Kasdan.
“The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.”
As you can imagine, fans are divided. Some fans are excited, but some fans believe there is too much going on inside the Star Wars universe. You have Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens opening later this year, followed by the Rogue One spinoff next year, and then you have Star Wars: Episode VIII coming in 2017, quickly followed by the Han Solo film in 2018.
At the end of the day, it will all come down to quality. If the movies are good, fans will complain that there isn’t enough of them. If the movies suck? Well, it might get ugly.