Robert Rodriguez Would To Do A Hans Solo" Star Wars " Film
Since Lucasfilm’s sale to Disney, the whole Star Wars universe has literally blown up. It’s now been officially confirmed J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, but there’s also been talk from Lucasfilm, Disney and seemingly anyone in the know that the powers that be are looking at exploring individual, solo – excuse the pun – adventures of sorts. One character whose name keeps popping up is Boba Fett, be it for a TV series or for a standalone film. Well, director Robert Rodriguez has gone on record as saying that he would like to take on a Han Solo project. Wouldn’t we all…
MTV caught up with the director, currently working on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, to discuss the Star Warsfranchise.
“I don’t mind them doing more ‘Star Wars’. I also like the whole idea of them doing off-shoot films, like you have a ‘Boba Fett’ movie over here. There’s so much you can do. George has built such an enormous world that just to be waiting now again, who’s going to live up to that? It’s almost like they should just branch out and let people play with those characters. There’s such rich stuff.”
Rodriguez was then asked whether he’d ever been interested in taking on the Star Wars saga.
“I don’t know. It depends on what it was. George [Lucas] really inspired me to do what I’m doing now, which is the same thing he did. He originally want, and couldn’t get the rights to, ‘Flash Gordon.’ He tried, couldn’t get it, so he went and wrote ‘Star Wars,’ which was his complete take on ‘Flash Gordon,’ even to the opening titles crawl that went that way… I think if I asked him [Lucas] for advice, he would say ‘Go make your own Star Wars universe, kid.’”
The director was then asked what it would take for him to join the franchise.
“If there was something that somebody said, ‘Here, Han Solo, his own adventures.’ I’d go do that.”
I’m pretty sure anybody in the world would punch their own grandma in the face to take control of a Han Solo adventure. That said, Rodriguez would be an interesting choice. At first I thought that there’s no way his style would transmit to the Star Wars world. I thought of his work on the likes of Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror and Machete and saw the language, gore and brutality – even if it is all effortlessly cool – that he has in place in those films. On the flip side, though, he has shown that he can handle the lighter stuff, the more kid-friendly stuff, with his work on the Spy Kids franchise and The Adventures of Sharkboy and LavaGirl.
I wouldn’t expect much to come of this news, but I’d most certainly be intrigued to see a Rodriguez-helmed Han Solo outing. Just make sure to have plenty of Chewie in there too.