By: Myri Nieves
It’s official: Ron Howard will take over the already rocky production of the untitled Han Solo film. Earlier this week it was reported that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired from the production due to ‘creative differences.’ Shortly after, LucasFilm released a shortlist of possible directors with the Academy Award Winning Howard being among them and now it seems to be a reality. This isn’t the first time a Star Wars production has faced difficulties during production, with high cost re-shoots happening during Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just a few years back. In a statement, LucasFilm had this to say:
“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”
It’s difficult to determine whether or not Howard will use footage already shot or scrap everything all together and delay the release of the film to start from the ground up, but with his history at LucasFilm, there is no doubt he will find a happy medium to bring his own creativity onto the project. Whether or not this will harm the film in any way is hard to tell, as people are already speculating that a complete ‘young Han’ series might not be such a great idea. With a less than stellar cast and directors being fired for bringing their own light to a script, it puts a sour patch on any kind of project.