Tuesday, October 17, 2017

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Wraps Production

Goodbye, "untitled Han Solo movie." Hello, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Today director Ron Howard took to Twitter to announce that end of production on the film, as well as its official title.
This title is hardly a surprise for fans; it was widely predicted that the title would involve Han Solo's name and "A Star Wars Story," in keeping with the full title of Rogue One. It's ridiculous how much secrecy went into the name of the movie when it amounted to so little. THR is hypothesizing that either this title was selected a long time ago and was kept under wraps for some reason, or the filmmakers were struggling to find a better one and just gave up.

In any case, it's not hard to see why they would be clamoring for an exciting announcement at this time. The film has been in production since February, and it seems that Howard had to reshoot most of what Phil Lord and Chris Miller completed in their first four months, before their infamous departure from the film.

Howard's behind-the-scenes teases on Twitter and Instagram – which were no doubt encouraged by the film's marketing team – helped to create buzz about the movie in these past few months, but with no footage or even official stills, fans were seriously doubting it...and this announcement hasn't changed much. It didn't help that Michael Kenneth Williams was forced to exit the film due to its extended reshoots schedule, with Paul Bettany taking his place. 

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The film's first teaser trailer will most likely drop in the next two months, alongside The Last Jedi's theatrical release. In the past, Lucasfilm have avoided promoting upcoming films until their predecessors have settled in theaters and their hype has died down, but considering Solo's May 25, 2018 release date, they'll probably have to make an exception. 

Knowing their mostly-strong track record with trailers, we can assume that this one will be a nostalgic and effective tease of the film. But given all the bad press in the past four months – not to mention the fact that there was never an especially strong desire for a Han Solo movie to begin with – it will be very difficult for Solo to ever fully overcome the general apathy surrounding it.

What do you think of this title? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.


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