Tuesday, June 20, 2017

'Han Solo' Loses Its Directors

The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story has lost its directors. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who directed The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street in recent years, have parted ways with Lucasfilm due to creative differences.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced this in a public statement. "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," she said.

Meanwhile, Lord and Miller's response similarly assured fans and investors to remain calm: “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."
By no means does this bombshell mean that Han Solo will be a mess when it hits theaters. Whoever Lucasfilm picks as Lord and Miller's replacement will undoubtedly be talented and capable of the job. No, the most jarring part of this announcement is that the movie has already been filming for five months.

That's right, somehow they had been in full production for almost half a year before they noticed the differences in their "creative visions." Shouldn't this have happened while they were still writing the script? Or did some Disney/Lucasfilm executive finally visit the set, take a look at some rough footage, and realize this wasn't the movie they were expecting?

It's easy to compare this to the reports about Rogue One's infamous reshoots last year and assert that once again, there's no reason to panic and the final cut will be fine. However, whatever happened with Rogue One wasn't nearly as momentous as this very public break-up between the directors and the studio, well into the process of principal photography. And despite proving to be a largely satisfactory installment in the saga, Rogue One's behind-the-scenes troubles were felt when the film hit theaters, with a noticeable disconnect between the final cut and the first teaser trailer.

Again, we shouldn't be too worried about the finished product. Han Solo's amazing cast is still very much attached (even if some of their scenes have to be reshot) and it still clearly has the dedication of the studio. The main concern is that it might have to wave goodbye to its May 2018 release as the studio takes the time to find a new director and rework the film.

Variety is reporting that Lord and Miller were not-so-amicably fired because of conflict with Kennedy and longtime Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan; Lord and Miller were used to a certain freedom as directors, while Kennedy and Kasdan preferred the stricter Lucasfilm filmmaking process that dates back to the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies. 

What do you think of this news? Are you worried about the untitled Han Solo movie? Tell me in the comments, and may the Force be with you all.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this is pretty interesting. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to seeing what happens; I'm sure the film will turn out great.