Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Ditched From The HAN SOLO Movie UPDATE: Ron Howard Takes Over

Updated Below! 

To lose one Star Wars director may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

I could speculate all day long and make stuff up just to get hits – but the simple story is that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have parted ways from the Han Solo movie – mere weeks before the film finishes shooting (apparently they got the sack).

Word is that Ron Howard is the favourite to direct this latest Star Wars film – but more on that later when we actually find out.

Here’s the official word:

The untitled Han Solo film will move forward with a directorial change.

“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,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew,” stated Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Update:

Ron Howard has officially signed on to the gig – here;s the dope from starters.com:

Lucasfilm is pleased to announce that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been named director of the untitled Han Solo film.

“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.”

Howard has made some of the biggest hits and most critically-acclaimed movies of the modern era. Among his many films are Lucasfilm’s Willow, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind (winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director), The Da Vinci CodeFrost/Nixon, and Rush. He also narrated and produced the beloved comedy series Arrested Development, starred in George Lucas’ American Graffiti, and remains a TV icon for his roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days.

For the first time since the film has been announced, I’m looking forward to the Han Solo movie. I like Howard’s work – and he did a great job directing Lucasfilm’s Willow back in 1988 – and don’t forget Ron Howard auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ Star Wars, a film which introduced a certain Mr Han Solo

The untitled Han Solo film is slated for a May 25, 2018, release

Source: Star Wars

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