June 23 2017

Ron Howard takes over the Han Solo film

The director saga of the stand-alone Han Solo film has come to an end, and Ron Howard is stepping in to finish the film.

Lucasfilm announced on Thursday that Ron Howard has officially been hired to complete the Star Wars film begun by Chris Miller and Phil Lord. Miller and Lord were let go on Tuesday, leading to much speculation about who would be brought on to complete the production which reportedly only had three weeks of filming remaining.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said of the news, “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.” She went on to add, “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.”

Howard tweeted later in the day about the news.

Rumors are indicating that Howard will sit down to watch a rough assembly of the film in the coming days to see what is usable and what will need to be reshot or added. Lucasfilm is still holding to its May 25, 2018 release date, but that could still change after Howard assesses what can be salvaged from the Miller and Lord footage.

This is not the first time something like this has happened in a movie production, and in the hands of a less experienced director it could be a disaster. Howard has enough experience he should still be able to make the film work. The primary complaint that has been circulating is that Miller and Lord played Solo too much for humor and were losing the sarcasm the character is known for. Additionally it is also said they were allowing the actors a bit too much room for improvising. Considering Lawerence Kasden co-wrote the screenplay and he is responsible for a lot of what we know of Solo’s character, it was believed that the script should have been adhered to more.

There are sure to be some reshoots of existing scenes for the tone aspect, but it is doubtful much will need to be changed for the overall plot of the film.

Howard has 16 days and some change to get prepped for the resumption of shooting. I wish him luck as this will be no easy task.

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