Ron Howard Explains Why He Took Over Directing ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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The production of Solo: A Star Wars Story was hard, to put it gently. Changing a director on a job is constantly something of a huge offer, however on this one specifically. Out of the gate, individuals were hesitant about a Han Solo film focusing on the character’s origin story, and now to have actually the included pressure of extremely public production problems is not perfect. By all accounts, the shift– while not enjoyable– was a relatively smooth one. And now that the Solo marketing project has at long last started, director Ron Howard is all set to discuss why he accepted take control of the task.

To support, in the summertime of 2017– 3 weeks prior to shooting on Solo was set up to conclude– it was revealed that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were leaving Solo: A Star Wars Story over “creative differences.” It was quite clear the 2 were fired, to put it candidly, and considered that a great deal of individuals’s interest in Solo was because of the participation of the ingenious 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie filmmakers, this was bad news.


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Speaking with EW, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy restated that changing Lord and Miller had absolutely nothing to do with their skill levels, however more to do with a disagreement on procedure:

“I think these guys are hilarious, but they come from a background of animation and sketch comedy and when you are making these movies you can do that and there’s plenty of room for improvisation, we do that all the time, but it has to be inside of a highly structured process or you can’t get the work done and you can’t move the armies of people to anticipate and have things ready. So, it literally came down to process. Just getting it done… These are really great guys and you know, nobody wanted this to happen. It was just one of those unfortunate things.”

Kennedy worked rapidly, and Lucasfilm revealed 2 days after Lord and Miller left that Ron Howard would be taking control of the task. How did the Oscar-winning Rush and Apollo 13 director respond when he was very first asked to sign on? Hesitant:

” I understand Chris and Phil. They’re extremely gifted men, and all anybody at Imagine Entertainment wishes to do is discover a method to deal with Chris and Phil, which’s every bit as much the case today as ever. When I discovered that this modification was taking place, it simply came in a minute where I was working on lots of brand-new jobs for Imagine, and I had actually not prepared to direct anything last year. Then this came my method, and I was talking to Kathy, and the now unfortunately late Alli Shearmur, an old pal. I hesitated, however I likewise started to feel that I might assist.”


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Howard states Lord and Miller’s perceptiveness are still present in the movie, however in the end he hopes audiences do not harp on how the film was made:

“It’s disappointing that any company ever feels like they have to make a change like that. It’s rough on everybody and disappointing for everybody, and I’ve just tried to come in and — of course, Phil and Chris’s fingerprints are all over the movie, given how much they put into it and the time they put into it. I hope fans won’t even think about how the movie was made. They should just lose themselves in it.”

We understand that when Howard came onboard, he didn’t simply complete out the 3 weeks left of shooting however extended production for another couple of months. That would appear to recommend rather a great deal of the film was reshot, however Howard isn’t really excited to disclose simply what does it cost? of the film is “his”:

“As Han says, ‘Don’t tell me the percentages.’ Never tell me the percentages,” Howard states with a laugh. “I don’t really want to explain it. I don’t really want to be specific about that because, again, I don’t even want that to matter to fans. I could understand why you’d ask, and some might even be curious, but look, everybody who has been involved in this has done nothing but love what this movie could be, and that’s been the vibe around it. I think audiences are gonna feel that love and excitement.”

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