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The Han Solo movie has fixed its director problem in fairly short order, but now Ron Howard has to jump into a project that's in the middle of filming and figure out how to finish it. It's a daunting task to say the least, but Howard sounds like he's up to it. The new director took to social media to express his love for the Star Wars franchise and his plan to do everything within his power to make a great film. According to Howard...
I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77. I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.
Yesterday, after being rumored as the front-runner for the job, Ron Howard was officially announced as the new director for the Han Solo movie. In his first comments on Twitter, Howard does his best to reassure fans that he'll be doing his best to make a Han Solo movie everything that fans are hoping it will be.
The "work already done" is a reference to the directors who have exited the project. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were originally directing the Han Solo movie together, but, in a move that shocked most everybody, were fired by Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy with about three weeks to go in filming. Based on reports, the directors were continually clashing with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. Kennedy, as the film's producer, sided with Kasdan in a move that meant that Lord and Miller had to go.
The general consensus is that Ron Howard was the "safe" choice for Lucasfilm to make for a new director. If the problem with Lord and Miller was that they were straying too far from whatever vision the studio has for the new movie, Howard will certainly not be that guy. Certainly, if what Lucasfilm wants is somebody that will adhere closely to the script written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, then that was the first question to any of the prospective new directors. At the same time, it's essentially impossible for a director to not add something of themselves to a project. It will be interesting to see how the work that Howard does will mix with the work already completed.
Of course, with three weeks left in filming, and reshoots already built into the schedule, there's going to be some question as to how much of Christopher Miller and Phil Lord's work even survives. There probably isn't enough time, or money, to just start over, but one would have to assume that, even if the work done by Lord and Miller is good, the tone might be so different from what Howard ends up doing that reshooting it to better match could be necessary.
One thing we can't argue with is Ron Howard's love of Star Wars. He says he's been a fan from the very beginning and that's true. In a recent interview Howard talked about how he first heard about Star Wars from George Lucas while filming American Graffiti, and while he thought the idea was crazy at first, when he finally saw it, both Howard and his wife were so amazed they had to see it again.
We left almost speechless, and I said, 'Do you want to see it again?' And we got in line and waited another 90 minutes to see it twice the same day.
At the end of the day, I'm a Star Wars fan and I want a good Han Solo movie just like everybody else. However, with such a major change right in the middle of production, it's going to be difficult to make this one work.