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How Treasure Island, The Big Lebowski, and Heat inspired Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Join me, son, and together we will rule the galaxy.

This isn’t exactly the offer Lawrence Kasdan made to his son Jon, but close enough.

The upcoming stand-alone film Solo: A Star Wars Story was written by the veteran scribe of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens — but this time his writer-director son joined him for the ride.

Jon Kasdan wrote and directed the 2012 coming-of-age love story The First Time (it’s currently up on Netflix) and the 2007 comedy In the Land of Women, and he penned episodes of Dawson’s Creek and Freaks and Geeks.

He did not require the hard sell that Darth Vader gave Luke Skywalker.

Even before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney in 2012, launching a renaissance of galactic storytelling, Lawrence Kasdan had signed on to put together a Han Solo-centric movie. Then he was brought aboard Episode VII, and that became all-consuming.

“When I was done, I was sort of burned out. And I said, ‘I don’t know, do we still want to do this Han thing?’” Lawrence says. “And they said, ‘Yeah! We really want you to go ahead with Han.’ And I said, ‘Well, my son, Jon, is very enthusiastic and full of ideas about the saga.’ And he had directed two movies and had done other things. ‘What if he came on and worked with me? Because, that would give me a shot in the arm.’ And so, that’s exactly what happened. They made a deal with Jon, and he and I have been writing since for three years.”

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