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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Star Wars is at quite the interesting place right now. While many mainstream audiences seem to be pleased with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there is an undeniable chunk of folks who hate everything the film brought to the table. Sadly enough, the next film on Lucasfilm’s docket isn’t necessarily something with the best track record.

The next flick to hit will be none other than Solo: A Star Wars Story, a project that’s been mired in controversy for the past several months. While the movie seemed to be doing okay initially, its problems became all too clear when Lucasfilm fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and hired Ron Howard in their place.

Now, a new report from ScreenGeek is suggesting that Lucasfilm is fully expecting the film to flop. Here’s what their source said:

“Disney is bracing themselves for the Han Solo movie to bomb. They were worried about it before all The Last Jedi controversy, but now they’re essentially writing Solo off. The lead actor, Alden Ehrenreich, can’t act, and they had a dialogue coach on hand for all of his scenes. On top of that, the script is unworkable. It’s going to be a car crash.”

So is this confirmation that the Star Wars universe is slowly careening off a cliff? Not so fast. Cinelinx editor-in-chief Jordan Maison has apparently heard the exact opposite from his own sources, saying:

“This is directly opposite what I’ve been hearing. One of the reasons they let Howard shoot so much more than initially planned was b/c of how much they liked the way he was going with everything. I heard the higher ups are pleased with his initial cut…but whatevs.”

So what does this mean? Well, we honestly won’t know for a bit. Considering we don’t even have a trailer yet, it’s impossible to tell just who to believe here. Guess we’ll have to just take both accounts with heaping grains of salt.

Do you think Solo: A Star Wars Story is in trouble? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: ScreenGeek, Cinelinx

  • Harold and Maude’Dib

    It means Kathleen Kennedy should be dusting of her resume.

    • Derek NOLA

      yeah she is in trouble if han solo bombs

      • Kindofabigdeal

        We should start calling her K.K. Binks of it fails.

  • Kratos

    imo there are some movie characters that go hand in hand with the one specific actor that originally portrayed them that are so ingrained into american pop culture and consciousness to where they cannot ever be portrayed by any other actor other than the one that originally brought them to life. harrison ford as han solo is one such character.

    • Black_Ace

      Before 2009, I would’ve said the same thing about William Shatner and Captain Kirk but I think Chris Pine is great in the role.

      • Alejo Contreras

        I could’ve buyed that argument about spock… But… No, shatner and nimoy are Kirk and spock…

    • Kronx

      I think someone else can pull off Solo, they just have to be absolutely perfect. Piece o cake.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Han Solo was in trouble ever since it was announced. No one wanted the early adventures of Han Solo. We’ve been asking for Obi Wan since the anthology films were announced.

    • David E

      We have? Why? He lived as a hermit for 20 years. There is no story to be told there. You can’t be hiding from the Empire and having interesting adventures at the same time.

      Disney screwed up when they didn’t just recast and do the Thrawn arc.

      • Barry Meltfarb

        He lived as a samurai in the old west, where he gained a reputation as a “wizard”, to quote Uncle Owen. You really think there’s no story there?

    • Kratos

      i’d could dig a solo obi wan film– with ewan in the role– i think he really did a good job channeling alec guinness in the prequels, imo one of the few bright spots of that trilogy. i’m sure he didn’t stay on tatooine for 20+ years until he reunites with luke. for a story, i’d like to imagine that there were small handfuls of jedi that were still in retreat around the galaxy from vader and the empire in the immediate aftermath of the events in RotS…and that perhaps obi wan went out to fight with them…but was ultimately unsuccessful and nearly killed himself….would also give an opportunity to show vader doing vader shit again, but no direct meeting between him and obi wan…they could have the movie end on a really dour note with the empire completely wiping out the jedi– but obviously having obi wan escape back to tatooine utterly defeated, they could have him interact with uncle lars and aunt beru…maybe even have some scenes or dialogue alluding to events yet to come…could introduce a younger director krennic…perhaps show more death star construction…

      • Aaron James

        Enh. I think having Obi-Wan zip off for a previously unmentioned space adventure would be weird, and I think fans would think it was silly.

        I think the much better approach would be to really embrace the Space Western idea. Have a small town on Tatooine be in trouble. Some gang of outlaws is terrorising it. Then have Obi-Wan wander into town as the total stranger who gets involved, and then wanders out again at the end of the movie. Make it like A Fistful of Dollars – or, more appropriately, Yojimbo (the movie A Fistful of Dollars was a remake of). It would be fitting, given that A New Hope was a (very loose) remake of The Hidden Fortress, which was directed by the same guy as Yojimbo.

        • Black_Ace

          I like it.

        • Kratos

          like a one man version of every episode of the A team? or how about a star wars like take on blazing saddles including the stereotypical characters and satiric racism…oh wait thats been done already

          • Aaron James

            That’s a very weird conclusion to jump to after reading my comment – unless literally the only Western you’ve ever seen is Blazing Saddles.

            Go watch Shane, or Pale Rider, or Unforgiven for a better idea of what I mean. Better yet, watch Yojimbo (a Japanese samurai movie, but it was so inspirational to the Western genre that to a modern eye it feels very much like a Western – A Fistful of Dollars was literally a beat-for-beat remake of Yojimbo, with the swords swapped out for guns). They’re all great movies, so I feel comfortable recommending them.

            Or, if those movies are too old for you, you could watch a more modern Western: Logan. Logan is very much a Western that happens to be about superhero mutants.

          • Kratos

            i was being a smart ass. unforgiven is my favorite western of all time (back to the future pt III is my 2nd fav– again me being a smart ass) i’ve seen all the other films you mentioned. i even saw yojimbo when i lived in japan..my gf at the time had to translate it for me. i did see a subbed version years later though. all great films.

          • Aaron James

            Ha. I love me the whole Back to the Future trilogy, and don’t hold with anyone who tries to say that only the first one is good. So I feel you on pt III.

  • Unc Sam

    “there is an undeniable chunk of folks who hate everything the film brought to the table”

    – the movie was a turkey. Miserable pacing issues, plot threads that were irrelevant, established characters written completely out of character, major plot points balancing on absurdities, too many conventions of cinematic storytelling thrown out the window – not because of directing talent but rather just the opposite (or studio interference, I’ll give RJ the benefit of the doubt). John Williams score was by some margin his most average work on the series. Not a single memorable bar unique to TLJ.

    Also worth mentioning that if you’re picking up an episode of a saga then continuity is paramount, otherwise you’re just making a standalone movie, which is what TLJ effectively was.

  • Suprememayo

    We have been wanting a Jar Jar Binks: A Star Wars Story!

  • Aaron James

    I could borderline believe this. The Han Solo movie was a bad idea from inception. That’s not to say it couldn’t turn out to be a rollicking space adventure that everyone loves – all kinds of terrible sounding premises have been turned into great movies or TV shows – but yeah, nobody wants to see anyone other than Harrison Ford play Han Solo. And practically nobody cares to see hid backstory, except for hardcore Extended Universe-loving weirdos.

    But here’s the line that makes me doubt this rumour: “They were worried about it before all The Last Jedi controversy, but now they’re essentially writing Solo off.” Like, Disney would be looking at the actual box office numbers, and the more robust audience opinion metrics. The “controversy” is a bit of a PR headache for them, but it’s not what you’d call significant in any way. The movie is still broadly considered to be good-to-great by most audiences, and is making money hand-over-fist. The “controversy” is not going to affect how they view their Han Solo movie.

  • Diktator

    It means Kathleen Kennedy should be dusting of her resume.

  • Israel

    Problem is that while people liked the Han Solo character it was never to the point to wanting to see a movie about him.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.