The world was shocked, and a disturbance in The Force was felt when news broke on StarWars.com about the directorial change for the untitled Han Solo Film.
“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.
Many, including this die hard Star Wars junkie, speculated on what this means for the Han Solo film and the Star Wars franchise in general. Is this the start of a trend? It is no secret Rogue One had its fair share of re-shoots and changes, but surprisingly Director Tony Gilroy was brought in to secretly finish the film, not Gareth Edwards.
“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”
Ron Howard is one of my favorite directors, and he directed one of my favorite movies A Beautiful Mind. I have no doubt we will do a good job in finishing this film which is about 4 months into production but I want to know what exactly happened behind the scenes. Sources say Phil Lord and Christopher Miller bumped heads often with Kathleen Kennedy and “were straying from the script” written by Lawrence Kasdan and son Jon Kasdan.
Lord and Miller were brought in to make a Star Wars movie but the young directors intended on making a Lord and Miller movie that happened to take place in the Star Wars universe. Meaning lots of improvisational tones and comedy. LucasFilm wanted a more grounded, serious toned Han Solo movie that fits into the already established Star Wars world.
Let’s keep in mind that improvisational is well within the realm of Han Solo. Originally, the script for Empire Strikes Back had Han Solo responding to Lea with ” I love you too” during the Carbon-freezing scene on Cloud City. It was Harrison Ford who got the idea, the improvisational idea, to have Han Solo respond with “I know”
Thus creating one of the most iconic scenes in Star Wars history. I would liked to have seen what Lord and Miller had in mind. See where their vision would have taken Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. At the same time, it could have been bad, really bad. Like Star Wars Christmas Special bad.