Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? That's what Disney is trying to find out as it has announced plans to make a Han Solo, umm, solo movie, as a spin-off.
The film will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord who are the pair behind The Lego Movie and the Jump Street reboots - which is encouraging, as it suggests that the legendary character is held by a couple of safe pairs of hands.
In the press release, Miller & Lord are quoted as saying:
"This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all."
The screenplay will be written by Lawrence Kasdan (who wrote Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi) and his son Jon Kasdan (who hasn't done much, but is a younger person, so will keep the film down with the kidz).
Apparently 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". So we can probably expect - at best - a smaller role for Harrison Ford who if his work in the last decade is anything to go by, will be doing it exclusively for the money.
The film is part of the "Anthology" series of Star Wars spin-offs and will not form part of the "Episodic" story which starts again later this year with Episode VII. This is the second Anthology film announced - the first being called "Rogue One", and there is an unannounced third rumoured to feature Boba Fett.
The Han Solo film is set for release on 25th May 2018. So, umm, there's a while to wait yet.