HAN SOLO: Kathleen Kennedy Releases Official Statement Welcoming Ron Howard; New Details Emerge

HAN SOLO: Kathleen Kennedy Releases Official Statement Welcoming Ron Howard; New Details Emerge

With Ron Howard confirmed to be taking over directorial duties for the Han Solo film, EW has divulged some new information from behind the scenes, while Kathleen Kennedy has made a statement...

With this morning's confirmation that Ron Howard would be taking over directorial duties for the Han Solo spinoff, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made the announcement official with a statement:

“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,” Kennedy said. “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.”

Additionally, Entertainment Weekly has provided some more information corroborating some of the rumors and reports from behind-the-scenes of the troubled production, citing issues such as too much comedy, deviation from the script, and more. In addition, the report also specifies why the decision to terminate original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller came so late into production.

"Several sources close to the movie and others close to the directors tell EW that ever since filming began back in February, Lord and Miller, who are known primarily for wry, self-referential comedies like 21 Jump Street and the pilot episodes for Brooklyn 99 and Last Man on Earth, began steering the Han Solo movie more into the genre of laughs than space fantasy..."

"As usual with stories like this, not all sources agree. Another individual close to the movie says it wasn’t a question about how much comedy would be in the film. The consensus [from sources], however, is that the filmmakers were encouraging significant improvisation from the actors, which some at Lucasfilm believed was shifting the story off course."

"But others on the project say they pushed too far. It wasn’t just a question of tone. The variations added up to significantly change the story. They may have been brought aboard to give young Han Solo a wiseacre vibe and an irreverent style, but Lucasfilm still felt the directors had a responsibility to tell the story as written. When dailies began rolling in featuring improvisation from the actors and new ideas from the directors that significantly parted ways with the script, the relationship with the home office at Lucasfilm became fraught. As principal photography for the movie approached its end, it became clear that the filmmakers and producers did not share the same vision for some critical scenes. Reshoots were always possible (they are factored into almost every major film these days, and each new Star Wars project has undergone them), but as Lord and Miller dug in, refusing to compromise on what they saw as best for the film, the partnership went from strained to fractured. If they wouldn’t do the scenes as Lucasfilm and Kennedy wanted them now, why would they do them that way during reshoots?"

What do you think of these details? Are you still excited for Han Solo with Ron Howard at the helm? Let us know your thoughts below!
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