Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
Directors come and go all time. A director leaving a movie part way through production isn’t unheard of. It happened to Richard Donner on Superman II, Patty Jenkins on Thor 2, Edgar Wright on Ant-Man, etc. But a Star Wars film has usually never had this issue. Sure Tony Gilroy stepped in to assist Gareth Edwards in re-shooting Rogue One’s third act, but Lucasfilm and Disney never booted Edwards off set. Well now, even the mighty Star Wars franchise had to let directors go with the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the still untitled Han Solo film. News broke out about the directors clashing with the writers Lawrence and Jon Kasdan and the cast and crew. This led to their firing and Lucasfilm bringing in Ron Howard to take over. Now, The Hollywood Reporter is stating that the crew of the film reacted to the Ron Howard news with applause.
Yikes. Now, I would take this with a grain of salt because the report comes from unnamed sources so not much can be done to verify all of this. Should this be true however, it doesn’t paint the best on-set picture for the anthology film. Various sources have already spoken about how Lord and Miller wanted a more improvisational style on set, which is more in-line with their previous films. But Lawrence Kasdan (who pretty much shaped the Han Solo character into what it is today) believes that what is on script must be acted on camera.
In addition to this, Lord and Miller were apparently not filming scenes the way Kathleen Kennedy (president of Lucasfilm), and the company were hoping for. Reportedly, scenes were being shot from only two to three different camera setups which meant for limited options when it came time to edit the film. In the end, Kennedy backed her writer and the young directors were booted from the film, which led to the immediate applause from crew members.
Ron Howard is set to arrive on set for the film today and pick up where Lord and Miller left off. Production was set to wrap up in July but it is now being reported that filming will run until early September. THR is also reporting that much of what Lord and Miller filmed is still very usable but it remains to be seen how much of it will actually be used.
The untitled Han Solo anthology film is scheduled to be released in May 2018