Star Wars News Net reports that Iain McCaig, a legendary concept artist responsible for many of the now-iconic visuals from Star Wars: Episodes I, II, II, and VII, recently got an opportunity most Star Wars fanatics would kill for: he got to read through the script for the upcoming Han Solo movie, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as the titular character. His reaction to what he saw was overwhelmingly positive, and McCaig revealed what he thought of the Han Solo origin story script at the recent Art and Industry of Imagination Conference in New Zealand.
“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.”
This quote is a paraphrasing from the Star Wars News Net piece, but you get the idea. And such an incredibly glowing review coming from such an important member of the Star Wars universe bodes very well for the Han Solo movie.
Not only that, points out Gizmodo, but this is McCaig’s reaction to the Han Solo movie script as it was before it was given to the directors to be edited for the screen, which means it has probably gotten even better since then.
Admittedly, the Gizmodo article points out, McCaig makes his living as part of the Star Wars universe and would not have bad-mouthed the script even if it had been, y’know, bad.
On the other hand, notes CinemaBlend, McCaig is no spring chicken in the movie-making world and has pretty high standards. He has worked on a plethora of movies with very highly regarded visuals after all, like Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Hook, Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and The Avengers.
And his work in the Star Wars prequels was pretty much limited to one of the aspects people actually liked: the character design. He was behind characters that made Star Wars: Episodes I, II, and III visually stunning, like Darth Maul and Padme Amidala.
The point is, the Star Wars visionary’s standards are very high, and that makes McCaig’s great praise of the Han Solo movie script all the more meaningful.
Also, as Outer Places says, just because someone is associated with a movie does not mean they need to praise it as highly as McCaig did with the Han Solo film.
“It’s one thing to reassure fans that it’s a ‘good’ script, it’s quite another to make the audacious claim that it’s the best one yet,” the article reads.
The Han Solo movie script was written by Lawrence Kasdan, writer for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens, and McCaig revealed at the conference that it was actually written before the script for Star Wars: Episode VII was conceived. That means the Han Solo solo feature script was conceived when all the ideas that had been building up in Kasdan’s mind since the original Star Wars trilogy were still fresh, (SPOILER ALERT!) before the death of Han Solo was penned, before an end was put to the story of the resident Fonzie of the Star Wars universe. And you know what they say: save the best for last. So maybe the final chapter in Han Solo’s legacy (assuming the “young Han Solo” story is just a single film) really will be the best Star Wars script of all.
McCaig also revealed a few other tidbits about the Star Wars films at the conference, reports the initially mentioned Star Wars News Net page. For example, he recounted that George Lucas himself, although he had initially declared his aversion to involvement with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, had actually submitted a script for the film that was rejected by Disney, who had bought the rights to Star Wars several years before.
Maybe Disney’s rejection of Lucas’ Star Wars: TheForce Awakens script is due to something else McCaig revealed: that the studio had gone out of their way to banish anything in the film even mildly invocative of the infamous Star Wars prequels. Prequel-only characters, environments, imagined technologies — they were all kept out very intentionally.
Several other juicy reveals were made about what went into making Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and you can check them out in full from the original source by clicking here.
Star Wars fans can look forward to learning more about Han Solo when the origin movie is released on May 25, 2018.
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