Han Solo Origin Movie

Day 95. 65 pages, 28,547 words. Yeah, I’m not getting this shit done in 100 days, am I.

So according to this typically overblown story on the Internet, there were plans to re-work Han Solo into a comedic-frantic Jim Carreyesque character in his up-coming ‘young adventures of’ movie.

Now, I put “re-work” in extra-heavy quotey-marks because my impression of Han Solo right from Episode IV has been … basically not a huge step away from Ace Ventura, when I think about it. Okay, he was darker and less overtly insane-clown-like, but he did a lot of flailing and getting into madcap situations, he was amusing, and I can easily picture his younger self as being even more so. If you trace shit back from Episode VII through Episode VI, Episode V and Episode IV, the line isn’t hard to follow. He even did a bit of Three Stooges work on Jabba’s barge (“Boba Fett? Boba Fett? Where?” *bump*).

space_ventura

Obviously, I didn’t find it quite as easy to imagine as some people. Credit to the amazing art and creativity of James Hance. Brilliant.

Obviously this isn’t what Han Solo means to a lot of people, and it’s probably going to make some fanboys wail, but I’ve made my opinion of the characters and acting in the hallowed Original Trilogy clear by now. They weren’t cinematic masterpieces or a pinnacle of the thespian arts, in my view. They did exactly what they were supposed to do. They were great. They were fun. Maybe not this fun, but … well, it’d be a step away from the Rogue One attempted grimdark, wouldn’t it?

It wouldn’t be the worst thing they could do to Han Solo, is what I’m saying here. And I for one wouldn’t consider it sacrilege, because it’s goddamn Star Wars.

And now I’m just imagining every hilarious scene and bit of body-acting from Jim Carrey in the Ace Ventura films, repurposed for Han aboard the Millennium Falcon. And it’s really pretty hysterical.

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4 Responses to Han Solo Origin Movie

  1. dreameling says:

    Yeah, no, I respectfully disagree here. Han Solo (especially as seen in Episodes IV and V) is not Ace Ventura. Different breed and flavor of character. I very much doubt the directors were aiming for Ventura-esque comedy, but if they were, good bloody riddance.

    The big news, to my mind, is the fact that Disney fired the directors 2/3 into principal photography. I really want to know why and why so late in the production. (If it was because of their tone-def interpretation of Han Solo as Ace Ventura in space, fine, but why did it take so long?)

  2. dreameling says:

    For the record, I don’t think we need a Han Solo movie.

    • stchucky says:

      I entirely agree, and the reason for my agreement is your original comment above. The people who really think highly of Han Solo and the franchise will be upset by anything the studio does in this movie, especially if they zany-comedy it.

      And the rest of us … why would you ruin Han Solo to make a movie for us, when a Jack Black / Rob Schneider romantic comedy about a pair of centaurs who lost their horse parts will do just as well?

      • dreameling says:

        But since they are making the movie, they should respect (a) the character as written and portrayed in the past and, by extension, (b) the overall tone of the movies he’s been a part of. Which could be restrictive, I admit.

        I’m not saying Star Wars can’t accommodate screwball comedy. But if you want to go that route, I think you need to introduce completely new characters designed for screwball comedy. Characters are, after all, also defined by the context of the stories they inhabit (including the tone, feel, and style of those stories).

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