Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Han Solo movie split shows franchise directors face long odds

Han Solo movie split shows franchise directors face long odds

Ron Howard has since been brought on board to finish directing the untitled Han Solo film.

In a telling piece from The Hollywood Reporter, several all-new details from the fiasco of Lucasfilm's ousting of the directing team behind The LEGO Movie and 21 Jumpstreet, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, from the second Star Wars standalone film - the still untitled Han Solo - new details shine a light on several troubling problems.

And he, of course, appreciates all of his Star Wars fans support.

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Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said: "At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began 40 years ago".

Their ouster sparked a frenzy across the "Star Wars" galaxy last week, given that they got the boot an all but unprecedented 4½ months into production, with only three weeks of principal photography and scheduled reshoots left. I'm hoping this tidbit about coaching has more to do with nailing Harrison Ford's mannerisms or style than actual acting ability, because where I wasn't as bothered about the state of the movie before, this news is more concerning.

"Speaking for myself, every decision you make as a part of production these films is done thinking about what will the experience be live for the audience who stood in line, bought their ticket and sat down to watch the movie", confessed Feige. To appease him and the studio, Lord and Miller would do several takes exactly as written and then shoot additional takes.

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The highly anticipated "Star Wars" spinoff, slated for a May 25, 2018 release, follows the adventures of the wisecracking swashbuckler Han Solo as a young pilot, played by Alden Ehrenreich. Lucasfilm replaced editor Chris Dickens (Macbeth) with Oscar-winner Pietro Scalia, a veteran of Ridley Scott films including Alien: Covenant and The Martian.

Shortly thereafter, Kennedy had had enough, and she asked Kasdan to fly from Los Angeles to London. Lord and Miller weren't ready for the writer to become a "shadow director", and this was the straw that broke the camel's back.

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