News broke that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing duo for the Han Solo solo movie, had been fired from the film on Tuesday due to creative differences with the studio.
Today, Lucasfilm announced that esteemed director Ron Howard will be taking over where the 21 Jump Street directors left off with roughly three quarters of shooting completed. Reports state the film had a mere 2 weeks left of shooting production, but now an additional 5 weeks of pre-scheduled reshoots is on the docket.
Speculation is running wild with many wondering how this will affect the movie’s outcome, if at all. It seems Phil Lord and Chris Miller encouraged ad libs and adding more humor to the script penned by The Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan reportedly took issue with the changes.
With Lord and Miller having directed more than half of the film, how much of Howard’s Oscar winning stamp will be evident in the release, or will reshoots give him a chance to add his own creative mark? Still, how much license is LucasFilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and script writer Kasdan even willing to extend to the director? One would think it hard to bring in a heavyweight like Ron Howard and not give him a chance to be shine. One also might question the resistance to adding more humor to a Han Solo film.
Ron Howard won two Oscars for 2002’s A Beautiful Mind taking home both Best Picture and Best Director.
Lord and Miller directed The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street.
Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will be the second Star Wars spin-off film made since Disney bought Lucasfilm and acquired the franchise. It follows smuggler Han Solo on his journeys prior to the start of 1977’s ‘Star Wars’ and the title character is being portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich.
What do you think, are you looking forward to the Han Solo film? Is this going to hurt or help?