Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trouble in a galaxy far, far away...

Step away from Facebook and the news for a few days and all hell breaks loose.  I have a not so great feeling about this...

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.  - Kathleen Kennedy

The Hollywood Reporter: Ron Howard Steps in to Direct Han Solo Movie (Exclusive) 

Ron Howard has been named as the new director of Lucasfilm and Disney's untitled Han Solo movie, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter exclusively. The official announcement came later Thursday morning. 
The move comes two days after directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go from the movie they had spent over four-and-a-half months directing. Creative differences over style and tone came to a head between the duo and Lawrence Kasdan, with the studio backing the veteran screenwriter.   
Howard, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, will meet with the actors — Alden Ehrenreich is playing the iconic smuggler, Donald Glover is playing Lando Calrissian, with Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton also on the roll call — to soothe a rattled set and will pore over a rough edit to see what the project needs. Filming will resume on July 10.

This can't be good for the movie, and I hoped that the directors of The Lego Movie would be a good fit, I was looking forward to seeing what they did with Star Wars. However, the buzz was that this script is the strongest ever for a Star Wars movie and they let Lord and Miller go over creative differences with writer Lawrence Kasdan. Supporting the writer of The Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens seems like a solid move.

Variety suggests that the issues were primarily between uber-producer and current queen of the Star Wars universe Kathleen Kennedy (all hail our savior!) and the directors.

“Kathy, her team and Larry Kasdan have been doing it their way for a very long time. They know how the cheese is made and that’s how they want it made,” said the source. “It became a very polarizing set.”

But switching directors 3/4 through principal photography? I don't know if any show can really survive that hit. Wow. Hopefully Howard can work ninja-like magic to pull this off. If it can be done, he's one of the few with the experience and skill to do it, but I am really not sure if it can be done.

Finally, in any other situation, I am not sure I'd be a fan of seeing Howard direct a Star Wars movie for various reasons I won't get into here, but in this situation, for those very same reasons, he may just be the man for the job. 

So far, there has been no change to the planned May 25, 2018 release date.

Sources have told Variety that the current scenario is very rare and is unlikely to be settled soon since the movie requires re-shoots this summer and extensive work in post-production due to special effects.

Variety: Han Solo Firing: Will Ron Howard Share Directing Credit With Lord & Miller?

Disney-Lucasfilm, Howard, Lord and Miller have also not commented on the issue of who will get the directing credit. Studio sources say they will defer to the guild’s rules.  
The DGA’s rules also preclude replacing the director with someone else already employed on the movie. That prevented Disney-Lucasfilm from naming Lawrence Kasdan as the new director despite his extensive experience in the director’s chair. That rule dates back to the firing of Philip Kaufman from 1976’s “The Outlaw Josey Wales.” In that case, Clint Eastwood, the star of the film, took over behind-the-camera duties, inciting an uproar.

Okay...  Now returning to the regularly scheduled programming.

P.S.  The movie is still officially unnamed.  Solo is just the working title (if those are even real shirts). I think they should make it official.  Keep it simple.  I like it.


Business Insider: The fired Han Solo directors believed they were hired to 'make a comedy'

Variety: ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff: Lord & Miller Fired After Clashing With Kathleen Kennedy (EXCLUSIVE)

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