It has been announced by Lucasfilm that Ron Howard will take over as director for the ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo spinoff movie. This comes after the news earlier this week that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired due to ‘creative differences’ and clashes with producer and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan. Reports suggest that the duo wanted to add more humour and improvisation to the story which Kasdan strongly disagreed with.
Ron Howard’s role will begin immediately, the film still has a few weeks of filming scheduled and five additional weeks of reshoots are planned for later on in the year. Hopefully it should be a easy transition for the experienced director who should be able to pick up the ball and run with it. Howard should be credited as director and may share Lord and Miller and they will have the right to appeal any decision, but ultimately, the Directors Guild of America will make the call.
Ron Howard previously worked with Lucasfilm on ‘Willow’ in 1988. His credits also include hits such as ‘Parenthood’, ‘Splash’, ‘Backdraft’, ‘The Da Vinci Code’, ‘Apollo 13’ and ‘A Beautiful Mind’ which won four top Academy Awards including best director and best picture.
It’s been a messy week but Lucasfilm have done the right thing by choosing and announcing an experienced director quickly and hopefully everyone can move on and get the film finished.
The untitled Han Solo film is slated for a 25th May 2018, release.