Rumor: Lucasfilm's HAN SOLO Script is The Best STAR WARS Script Ever
We all want Lucasfilm's Han Solo movie to be awesome, and the company seems to be doing everything in its power to make that come true. They hired Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct it, they brought on Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens) and his son Jon to write it, and cast Alden Ehrenreich to star. Well, if this new rumor has any truth to it, an early draft of the script is the best screenplay of any of the Star Wars movies.
io9 points us to a report from StarWarsNewsNet in which they received a tip from one of their readers about Star Wars concept artist Iain McCaig talking about the new movie at a conference in New Zealand. McCaig apparently said that Lawrence Kasdan wrote an early draft of the Han Solo screenplay before he was hired to co-write The Force Awakens, and that seems to be the draft he describes here (paraphrased from an attendee in the crowd):
"By far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read. I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script. You’re in for a treat."
Now look, there's a chance this entire quote is completely fabricated. This is the first I'm hearing about Kasdan writing the Solo script before his work began on The Force Awakens, so I'm not even sure the timeline works here. I want to be completely clear that we are not "reporting" this as fact. But since we're so far away from the new movie and haven't heard much about it since that casting news came out, let's give this the benefit of the doubt for now and assume it's true. Kasdan obviously knows the character very well, and let's not forget this is the man who wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark, for God's sake — it's not impossible that he wrote one of the best scripts that McCaig has ever read. If this is true, it's a great sign for the new movie because this was apparently a reaction to an early draft, theoretically before Jon or the directors had any input into the process. In a perfect world, this great draft would continue to improve as they refine the screenplay heading into the shoot that starts in January.
I'd love for this to be true, partially to keep Lord and Miller's streak of turning bad ideas into great movies alive, and partially because I simply want to see a great Han Solo movie. What do you think?