Han Solo movie to change directors

A new announcement from Lucasfilm has revealed that the as-of-yet untitled Han Solo anthology film will be undergoing a “directorial change.”

From the announcement on the Star Wars official website:

“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,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

“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,” stated Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Original article from StarWars.com

So far the exact reason for this change is unknown.

The Han Solo movie is still set for release in May 2018.

Update 6/22/17

A new director has been announced for the Han Solo anthology film: Ron Howard

“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.”

Original article from StarWars.com

This article was written by Shay S., Creator, Chief Editor, and Podcast Host for The Elven Padawan, and first appeared on ElvenPadawan.com

3 thoughts on “Han Solo movie to change directors

    1. Hmm…Well, I would probably say I have mixed feelings. I don’t know a whole lot about his “style”, as I haven’t really watched many movies by him. I know he’s done work with LucasFilm before, though it was still separate from Disney then. I’ve heard he does a pretty good job as far as directors go…

      The thing I’m a bit concerned about is whether he will be altering the content of the movie any. I know Ron Howard is known for making movies that can be pretty “dirty”, and I don’t really want to see that stuff come into Star Wars. It’s always been very clean and family-friendly, and I don’t really want to see that change by going in that direction. I understood about Rogue One being less for kids, more violent and more of a war movie, because it was needed to communicate the gravity of exactly what was going on in the story. I would really hate to see a SW movie, even a standalone anthology film, being ruined with things that will make it impossible to watch comfortably with all my younger sisters. Especially when it’s about such a beloved “legacy” character as Han Solo.

      That said, I know that by the time Ron Howard picked up directorial duties for the film, it was almost finished filming. Unless they go back and do extensive re-shoots, which will push their current intended release date way back, then I don’t think much of the story itself will be changed. And there have been rumors that Mr. Howard won’t really be doing much at all, that he’s simply been hired to stand in as “director” to appease the unions while Lawrence Kasden is actually in charge. I really have no clue as to how much validity there actually is behind this rumor, though, so I’m not holding on to it too tightly.

      What are your thoughts on it all?


  1. Aah, I kept forgetting to respond to this!

    My overall feelings are generally positive. Like you said, most of the filming was already finished by the time Howard stepped on board, so I don’t really think he’s going to have much impact one way or another. I think he was really just brought on because they wanted an experienced director who could wrap up the rest of the filming smoothly and I think he should be able to do that fairly efficiently. Though, like you said, content could be a problem as he does have a bit of a track record with that although I personally don’t think he really has enough time to change it in that way either.

    Great points!

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