Two years ago, Lucasfilm experienced something new for them: failure. The release of Solo: A Star Wars Story was not what they hoped. Sandwiched between Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, The Incredibles 2, and Ant-Man & The Wasp, the film never really had much chance. The famously troubled production endured the loss of its directors, Phil Miller and Chris Lord, with Ron Howard stepping in to complete it. Also, despite it being the perfect movie to follow The Last Jedi, Star Wars fans didn’t seem to want a Han Solo origin story. Yet, for those of us who saw the film, it was a pure delight. It was fun, light-hearted, and full of the kind of space-capers that Star Wars is famous for. So, it’s no surprise that Make Solo 2 Happen popped up on Twitter.
After the success of the fan campaign for the fabled Snyder Cut, fans who feel that Solo deserves a second chance grew inspired. Using the anniversary of the film’s release (also the anniversary of the releases of Star Wars: A New Hope and Return of the Jedi) to make some noise about it.
The #MakeSolo2Happen group of fans is filled with positivity. I’ve tweeted that a Solo sequel movie is unlikely and was not attacked by mobs calling me names. While Star Wars fandom has its toxic pockets, the people in this movement are what I love about Star Wars fandom. ❤️
— Peter Sciretta loves Star Wars (@PeterSciretta) May 25, 2020
And, unlike some other fan campaigns, this is much more positive than other such efforts. Star Wars fans hoping to see more of Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo, Emilia Clarke’s Q’ira, and Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian. What they aren’t doing is harassing people who disagree, including those who claim to have insider knowledge that such an effort is unlikely to bear fruit. (Though, this is what people believed about the Snyder Cut, including even Zack Snyder.)
Still, it’s not as hopeless as some might make it out to be.
Why Make Solo 2 Happen Is a Longshot No Matter How High It Trends on Twitter
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The circumstances surrounding the decision to finish Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League are unique. If not for the novel coronavirus outbreak delaying dozens of projects, the powers-that-be might not have budged. Since all the movie needs is some post-production work, it allows VFX studios to get some work at a time when no one is filming anything new.
Yet, it’s not like Lucasfilm and Disney have an unfinished second film about these characters, no matter what their sequel plans were before release. Any new project involving these characters would have to be started from the ground-up. Also, it seems like Lucasfilm has big plans for Star Wars and Disney+, given the addition of several high-profile characters to The Mandalorian season 2. Also, the Obi-Wan and Cassian Andor series aren’t even close to being finished yet. So, a second Han Solo film or series is still a long way away, even if Disney or Lucasfilm is moved by the Twitter presence of fans asking to Make Solo 2 Happen.
It’s Not All Hopeless for Han Solo and These Characters
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So, it is a longshot that a sequel will happen because of the Make Solo 2 Happen campaign on Twitter. But Han Solo famously doesn’t care much about the odds. As the media landscape changes thanks to the streaming wars, anything is possible. Never forget that Netflix brought Arrested Development back just because people streamed the hell out of the show. (This is also a cautionary tale in the “be careful what you wish for” category.) As the need for content grows, Star Wars almost always goes back to the sarlacc pit, er, well of established characters. Perhaps a second movie will make business sense later. Maybe they will see the potential for a Disney+ series (much in the vein of what Star Wars: Underworld was meant to be). They might even decide to save a little dough and continue the story in animation, print, or comics.
The folks on Twitter sharing the Make Solo 2 Happen hashtag have the right idea. It shows Disney and Lucasfilm that there are fans out there who want more of these stories. What form those stories take will depend on dozens of factors, most out of the control of the fans or, even, Lucasfilm. (Remember, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that “less is more” when it comes to Star Wars.) Still, clamoring for more of these stories (in a positive, non-toxic way) about these characters is something Lucasfilm will pay attention to.
What do you think? Do you agree with those on Twitter who want to see Make Solo 2 Happen? Or do you think Star Wars needs to move forward and leave its legacy characters alone for a long time? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.