Oscar Winning director and multiple nominee Ron Howard has been announced officially on StarWars.com to be taking the reigns for he upcoming Han Solo movie.
Howard comes in as Lucasfilm recently fired the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Apparently Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had major differences with the irreverent, young filmmakers. Variety reports a source from inside Lucasfilm who said of Kennedy and the directors, “it was a culture clash from day one. She didn’t even like the way they folded their socks.”
It is reported that Kennedy did not like Lord and Miller’s shooting style or how they interacted with the actors. The duo even clashed with the writer of the Han Solo movie Lawrence Kasdan. You really don’t want to piss of the man who wrote Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Kasdan and Kennedy have a very specific vision and it seems like Lord and Miller did not meet that vision.
We have seen this before when massive reshoots were ordered for Rogue One and questions were raised as to whether or not director Gareth Edwards was going to be fired. Apparently the reshoots were numerous, but the end product was well received and quite a success.
Lord and Miller are known for ironic and self-referential humor as shown in their previous outings 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie. It is curious to see the direction they were going before they were fired.
Now that Ron Howard has been announced as the director, how will that change the film? Ron Howard is a visionary director with a specific voice. He has done beautiful, character driven dramas like his Oscar Winning A Beautiful Mind and his powerful and suspenseful, Oscar nominated Apollo 13. Howard has also directed comedies (Splash) and adventure films (Willow) also produced by Lucasfilm and written by George Lucas.
Where will Ron Howard take the Han Solo movie? How much of the Lord and Miller movie will be left? How will the “directed by” credit read?
The Directors Union is very specific that directors cannot be fired from a movie midway through filming and replaced with another and giving that new director credit. Does Lucasfilm have a clause in thier contract that allows for this. That’s something for the Hollywood brass to decide.
The Han Solo movie is scheduled for release on May 25, 2018.
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