Lord, Miller Tease Han Solo, Animated Spidey

“21 Jump Street” and “The LEGO Movie” co-director Chris Miller has spoken about his and his partner Phil Lord’s plans for their next two directorial efforts – namely a young Han Solo “Star Wars Anthology” film at Disney Pictures, and an animated “Spider-Man” feature for Sony Pictures.

Talking to IGN UK, Miller was asked what their plan was for “Star Wars” and why choose Han Solo as the focus:

“I could talk to you for a day about why he is the perfect blend of rogue-ish cowboy… Morally ambiguous, but has a clear moral compass. He’s funny, he’s off the cuff… When I was a kid on the playground, fights were about who got to play Han Solo. He’s just one of the best characters ever created.

We always try and find something that’s gonna make us… give a fire to our bellies and do a really good job. And this feels like there’s a lot of pressure to not screw this up. So we’ve definitely got that motivation and then the rest of it is about trying to give audiences a fresh experience that doesn’t feel like you’re just trying to check off some checklist of beats that you’re expecting and make something that feels new and exciting for people, but at the same time honoring what was so great about that character.”

He also spoke about the “Spider-Man” movie of which details are fairly scarce. Marvel isn’t likely to have any involvement with it, and it’s unknown right now which version of the character will be used. Miller won’t say either way:

“I can’t really talk too much about that project. Much like the Han Solo, it is shrouded in secrecy, so I can’t really talk about it. But I will say, it is not just another Peter Parker origin story that you’ve seen 400 times. It is something totally unique and different and not like anything you’ve seen. That’s all I can say… and you’re going to love it.”

Miller also confirmed to Slashfilm that it’s only likely that he and Lord will just produce “23 Jump Street,” the proposed third film in the action comedy franchise. The pair, who directed the previous two entries, have a first draft of the script completed.

The Han Solo film is currently targeting a 2018 release, no word as yet on when the animated Spidey might see release.