Fans share love affair with "Solo" in hopes to #MakeSolo2Happen
Star Wars fans wasted no time at the stroke of midnight across the world to make their voices heard and reach out through the force so all that feel it know, these fans want to #MakeSolo2Happen. The spark of the hashtag was our friends at SWNN's crew on The Resistance Broadcast. Two years later, people schedule May 25th into their google calendar to remind them to wear their "Solo" merch, copy and paste their favorite quotes, and rehearse their Maul and Qi'ra spin-off.
This is a movement that mirrors the effort from fans to bring back the Clone Wars animated series for a proper ending. That push by fans culminated in #CloneWarsSaved thrusting the original cast and crew back into the sound booth to complete the seventh and final season of The Clone Wars that concluded in April on Disney+.
But this does feel like a greater uphill battle. Solo: A Star Wars Story grossed $213.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $179.1 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $392.9 million. The film needed to gross at least $500 million worldwide to break even with an estimated production budget of $275 million. We're unsure of the true costs with the change of directors, hiring of Ron Howard, and re-shoots scheduling.
Collider reported in June 2018 all future anthology films were on hold due to the disappointing box office results. Lucasfilm denied that report the next day saying multiple projects were in development. The Disney CEO Bob Iger said on an investors call production of new films would go on hiatus after 2019's The Rise of Skywalker but no projects were officially cancelled.
But to kick start this old bucket of bolts you need a spark and John, Lacey, and James did that in May 2019. They got #MakeSolo2Happen moving on social media, even Ron Howard heard about it. And since writer Jon Kasden has left some bread crumbs online. He tweeted an image of three crime syndicate logos and hinted that a sequel could feature Jabba the Hutt suggesting that next story was/has been in the works. But as recent as this past March, Kasdan as said a "Solo" feature right now is a tough sell.
Try telling that to these Star Wars fans:
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