Wasabi ladies and gentelnerds. Bare with me as i try to catch up on a lot of shit that ive missed..
So! As some of you may have heard, Phil Lord and Chris Miller
The minds behind the Lego Movie were the directors of the, as of yet to be titled, STAR WARS: Anthology “HAN SOLO” Film.
Everything seemed to be flowing along fine..
The cast was set. The script ready to go. And filming was going along smoothly. Or so we thought. With just two and a half months left to completion with principal photography ( in which the bulk of the movie is filmed and put together.) Kathleen Kennedy, the force in charge of the empire,
Announced that Lord and Miller would no longer be the directors of the film.
“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.”
Lord & Miller also released a statement,
“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.”
According to many unnamed sources. The Creative Differences was indeed the issue. Especially with EP Lawrence Casden. The man that co-produced and co-wrote every STAR WARS film since “Empire Strikes Back”. Reports state that Lord & Miller clashed with the higer ups since day one. Casden not approving of thier loosy goosey style of directing and heavy improve on most of the script (which Casden Also Co-wrote.)
Lead Actor, Alden Ehnerich (dont know if I’ve spelt that right) voiced some concerns over the directors to other Producers on set. Saying he wasnt very sure of the “Ace Ventura” style of characterization of Han Solo. Stating further that some of the “slap stick” style of direction wasnt making him comfortable with the character. Word spread to Kennedy and Casden. And one may assume after a long meeting. Kennedy gave them the axe.
Luckily, things seem to be of mutual agreement and thier doesn’t seem to be hard feelings. So Lucasfilm/Disney coukd veey well team with Miller & Lord in the future. So thats a good thing.
It didn’t take long for Kennedy to announce thier replacment. Non other then long time Firend of all involved, including Lucas himself,
Good ol’ Ron Howard gets behind the camera of his very first Star Wars film. Granted, its under wierd circumstances. But, at least He’s doing it.
The challange for Howard tho, how much of the film would he have to re shoot later in Pick-Ups. ( The time after production and during post production, where the cast and crew get together for a few more months to re shoot scenes that didnt turn out good the first time, or didnt have the time to shoot, or for adding new scenes to add or replace old ones.) That could be a daunting task if the bulk of the film needs to be redone. Which could cost the studio money and push back the films release date.
Its all rather amazing to hear and see all thats happened so far. Lucasfilm is notorious for keeping all behind the scenes stuff under very close wrap. So its amazing that we know this much.
I remain very hopeful for The Han Solo movie. Ron Howard is a tremendous talent behind the camera. The cast is clearly a solid cast. STAR WARS, LucasFilm, and Disney has not fucked up as of yet. So i give them the benefit of the doubt and remain sure that they can turn this whole ship right back on course.
What do you folks think? Are you worried about the Han Solo Film? Let me know what you think!
Untik next time folks.. Peace Out!