It’s apparently a banner month for fan campaigns making their movie dreams come true. While DC fans are (eventually) getting the Snyder Cut and (hoping for) an Ayers cut of Suicide Squad, fans of Solo: A Star Wars Story are clamoring to “#MakeSolo2Happen,” and they’re picking up some steam.
Fans took to Twitter this Memorial Day weekend to share their hopes for a sequel to the Han Solo origin story, pining for the return of cast members like Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra, Darth Maul, and Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian.
Like the Millennium Falcon itself, Solo has it where it counts. Spirited, charming, and with more than one trick up its sleeve, you should never count it out!
— Jared Kozal (@jkozal) May 25, 2020
Here’s artist Matt Ferguson, who created a couple of official posters for Solo, chiming in with his support.
Solo came out 2 years ago. I really enjoyed it a lot. A great romp of a Star Wars film. I also got to make a couple of official posters for it on release. I’d love to see more adventures, perfect for a Disney+ adventure show. pic.twitter.com/L01TmjibZ6
— Matt Ferguson (@Cakes_Comics) May 25, 2020
PUNCH IT, CHEWIE! Seeing Chewbacca being introduced to Han in Solo is one of my favorite Star Wars moments. Alden and @JoonasSuotamo have great chemistry in Solo and would love to continue seeing that. #MakeSolo2Happen pic.twitter.com/k2a6a2xDmS
— David Taylor (@IAmDavidJTaylor) May 25, 2020
— Everything Star Wars (@EverythingSW66) May 25, 2020
— Mike Kennedy (@mbken84) May 22, 2020
One fan even went so far as to dress up his family in shirts reading “Make Solo 2 Happen” in classic Star Wars font.
— Adam Odle (@OdleAdam) May 25, 2020
The “Make Solo 2 Happen” campaign, including the T-shirts appearing in multiple tweets, appears to have started with The Resistance Broadcast, a podcast from the Star Wars News Net fan site. They also happen to be selling sweatshirts and mugs with the same fan campaign logo.
— The Resistance Broadcast | Star Wars News Net (@RBatSWNN) May 25, 2020
Solo fans may have their work cut out for them, considering Solo only made a total of $392 million worldwide at the box office. With a budget of $275,000,000, it fell short of expectations on its opening weekend, grossing a domestic box office of $83 million at the time. Still big numbers, but remarkably unimpressive compared to The Last Jedi’s $1.3 billion worldwide gross, The Rise of Skywalker’s $1 billion worldwide gross. Even Rogue One, the first of the offshoot Star Wars movies, grossed a little over $1 billion worldwide.As of April 2020, Solo screenwriter Jon Kasdan says he doesn’t expect Disney to pursue a sequel to Solo, calling it a “tough sell.” Disney CEO Bob Iger decided to slow the pace of production on Star Wars films following Solo’s lackluster performance.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/nerf herder for IGN.