Entertainment Weekly has posted an article today that features Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writers Lawrence and Jon Kasdan talking about how they both came to being attached to this standalone project. They also mention several films they drew inspiration from when drafting and developing the script for Solo, which includes one of my favorite films of all time, 1995’s Heat directed by Michael Mann.
Even before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney in 2012, launching a renaissance of galactic storytelling, Lawrence Kasdan had signed on to put together a Han Solo-centric movie. Then he was brought aboard Episode VII, and that became all-consuming.
“When I was done, I was sort of burned out. And I said, ‘I don’t know, do we still want to do this Han thing?’” Lawrence says. “And they said, ‘Yeah! We really want you to go ahead with Han.’ And I said, ‘Well, my son, Jon, is very enthusiastic and full of ideas about the saga.’ And he had directed two movies and had done other things. ‘What if he came on and worked with me? Because, that would give me a shot in the arm.’ And so, that’s exactly what happened. They made a deal with Jon, and he and I have been writing since for three years.”
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