Speaking at the Austin Film Festival, Lawrence Kasdan discussed the topic of Solo: A Star Wars Story and it’s faltering box office returns after a patchy production period that saw 70% of the film reshot by Ron Howard.

Kasdan met with Lucas, who was developing a project starring Kasdan’s favorite character, Han Solo. Agreeing to that project meant he was tapped for The Force Awakens, the seventh episode in the Skywalker Saga.

Though not planned, Kasdan said it was a “very good experience.” He then agreed to script Solo if he could partner with son Jonathan.

“Then the studio blew it,” Kasdan said, “but that’s not unusual.”

“I never saw this poor messenger they sent,” he admitted. “I said, ‘I can’t take it.’ I didn’t want to sit down and read someone else’s Star Wars movie. I’m just not interested in Star Wars.”

He said later, “Don’t think for a second I don’t know how lucky I am that they’re sending a Star Wars script to my door and I can say, ‘No, I won’t accept it.’ You have to be in a very privileged situation to do that, and I don’t ever take that for granted.”

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