Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Lawrence Kasdan blames Disney for the film’s failure at the box office.
In an interview with Syfy at the Austin Film Festival, Kasdan placed the blame on Disney. “The studio blew it, but that’s not unusual,” he said. Kasdan later made it clear that he isn’t interested in working on the legendary space-opera franchise anymore, hoping to direct his own features instead. He even went so far as to turn down scripts that were personally sent to him by Disney.
However, Lawrence Kasdan added that he is aware of how fortunate he is to be in a position where he is being sought to write Star Wars films:
“Don’t think for a second I don’t know how lucky I am that they’re sending a Star Wars script to my door and I can say, ‘No, I won’t accept it.’ You have to be in a very privileged situation to do that, and I don’t ever take that for granted.”
Kasdan has been a vital component to the Star Wars saga since George Lucas’s original trilogy. A credited co-writer on both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, he was hired (alongside his son Jonathan) to write the origin story for fan-favorite scoundrel Han Solo. Despite originally declining Disney’s offer to work on the latest set of movies, Kasdan eventually found himself penning the script for Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Force Awakens at the same time. Based on his comments, it seems those were his final adventures in a galaxy far, far away.
Directed by Ron Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Joonas Suotamo, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany and Woody Harrelson. It is now available on Blu-ray, Digital and 4K Ultra HD.