One of the black spots on the Star Wars timeline, the Holiday Special was released on November 17th, 1978. It is available to watch on Youtube, though this cannot, for culpability reasons, be recommended. It was the first appearance of fan-favorite character Boba Fett, and is something that even just this last year Harrison Ford denied being involved in. Along with much of the main cast, Bea Arthur, Art Carney, and Diahann Carroll play parts.
Incredibly, on April first of all days, it was announced a new Holiday Special will be filmed and released in time for the holiday season of 2016. While J.J. Abrams won’t be in charge, auteur “filmmaker” Zack Snyder, whose movie Batman v Superman: Maw of Justness came out recently, has been signed on to direct. Writer Colin Blythe is attached to the short project, whose three-hundred page script is in the process of being pared down to an acceptable length. “An hour will be a good length,” Snyder (who unsuccessfully tried to give Henry Cavill the lead roll) said in an interview with the New York Times. “It may be difficult getting Blythe’s intricate six acts down to ten minutes each, but we think it can be done.”
Actors John Boyega (Finn), Daisy Ridley (Rey), and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), are contractually obligated to appear in the film. “The Disney said something about being frozen in Carbonite if we didn’t,” Ridley said in an interview. “I asked if it meant Rey. It thought for a few minutes and then nodded.” When asked if he would be joining the project, Harrison Ford brandished a number of exotic weapons, hidden throughout his person, and threatened to “go Ark of the Covenant on your a–!”
Not much has been revealed about the story or plot, but vague references to a “Last March of the Ents”-style scene featuring the Tree of Life, a gang of prohibition-era mobsters running the Mos Eisley cantina, and, of course, Chewbacca’s Wookiee family (Lumpy, Malla, and Itchy) going on wild adventures around the galaxy.
The Disney made only a few comments, other than acknowledging the project’s existence. “We are not afraid, we are on a high grade,” it said. “Paradigms being revised, pictures made stylized. The Snyder is sufficient for this task. We’re surprised you even have to ask.” It seems The Disney is confident Snyder will deliver.
We look forward to learning more about this new version of the Star Wars Holiday Special. Thanks for reading, and be sure to come back next week for more fun Star Wars information!