When Disney+ launched, it seemed like it could provide infinite possibilities for Disney-owned properties to expand beyond what could be seen on the big screen. Perhaps even for films whose box office performance didn’t do well enough for them to warrant an expensive big-budget sequel. With Rogue One‘s Cassian Andor getting a Disney+ series, there’s buzz about who could be next to get the Disney+ treatment. Unfortunately, that likely won’t be Alden Ehrenreich‘s young Han Solo, whose 2018 origin film Solo: A Star Wars Story is still left without a sequel.
When Solo hit theaters in 2018, it left audiences with some unanswered questions and an open-ended ending that teased the possibility of a sequel. And while there were talks about Ehrenreich reprising the role of Han Solo in more movies, chances of a Solo 2 are slim. Solo was considered a box office disappointment for Disney. But many fans are still eager to see more of Han and Chewie’s early adventures, with some even suggesting that the franchise be turned into a Disney+ project to Solo writer Jon Kasdan, who co-wrote the film with his father Lawrence Kasdan. Sadly, Kasdan said that a Solo sequel is unlikely to happen at Disney+.
“Don’t think anyone’s pursuing a Solo sequel at the moment,” Kasdan wrote on Twitter in response to a fan question about Solo 2. “I think a feature, at this point, would be a tough sell & the D+ Star Wars slate is really…pretty packed, all shows I’m lookin forward to. My work on Indy is long over but I’m excited there’s forward movement!”
Don't think anyone's pursuing a Solo sequel at the moment @KenobiJj I think a feature, at this point, would be a tough sell & the D+ Star Wars slate is really…pretty packed, all shows I'm lookin forward to. My work on Indy is long over but I'm excited there's forward movement!
— Jon Kasdan @JonKasdan March 30, 2020
Although Lucasfilm is set to take a break from Star Wars feature films for the next few years, Disney’s slate is indeed packed with Star Wars projects. The successful Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian returns for its second season this fall, while multiple animated projects continue to air. Upcoming live-action Disney+ series like the stalled Obi-Wan series and the Cassian Andor series are also in the works. With all that, Kasdan suggests that Disney doesn’t have time to give attention to a character that is still synonymous with Harrison Ford, despite Ehrenreich’s charming performance.
Since 2008, Disneynature has released near a dozen and a half documentaries that focus on various ecosystems and the creatures who inhabit them. Traditionally, these movies arrive in theaters around Earth Day. But this year, Disney is bringing nature into your home with two new feature-length Disneynature documentaries arriving on Disney+ this week.
Elephant shines a light on an African elephant named Shani and her son Jimo as they make the journey across the Kalahari Desert. Meanwhile, Dolphin Reef heads into cooler territory under the sea to follow Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who is on the cusp of growing up.Disneynature Elephant and Dolphin Reef Trailer
Elephant is narrated by Meghan Markle and directed by Mark Linfield & Vanessa Berlowitz while Dolphin Reef is narrated by Natalie Portman and directed by Alastair Fothergill & Keith Scholey. Both of the documentaries feature stunning footage of these creatures, ranging from the dusty, arid deserts marched through by elephants as they head to a green haven to the deep blue sea, rife with life across the ocean floor and all sorts of fish scurrying about.
These nature documentaries are a nice break from the rest of the offerings in the streaming world, especially since we’re supposed to be staying home as often as we can. We’re not likely to encounter elephants and dolphins very easily even when we’re out and about, so this will be a real escape to another place in the world.
Elephant and Dolphin Reef both hit Disney+ on April 3, 2020.
“Elephant” follows African elephant Shani and her spirited son Jomo as their herd make an epic journey hundreds of miles across the vast Kalahari Desert. Led by their great matriarch, Gaia, the family faces brutal heat, dwindling resources and persistent predators, as they follow in their ancestor’s footsteps on a quest to reach a lush, green paradise.
“Dolphin Reef” dives under the sea to frolic with some of the planet’s most engaging animals: dolphins. Created with Disneynature’s signature storytelling style, the film introduces Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who can’t quite decide if it’s time to grow up and take on new responsibilities. Dolphin society is tricky, and the coral reef that Echo and his family call home depends on all of its inhabitants to keep it healthy. But Echo has a tough time resisting the many adventures the ocean has to offer.