Well, it looks like the rumors were true. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the ill-advised young Han Solo movie recently lost Phil Lord and Chris Miller after allegedly being fired from the project, apparently due to “creative differences”. This was especially odd due to the fact that the film had been shooting since sometime in January, and the project had a mere three weeks left of shooting.
Obviously, this leaves the project in a bit of a weird spot. Reshoots, as is common with big budgets films such as this, were already planned ahead of time for later this summer. But, who will finish the movie? Who will be in charge of the reshoots?
Enter Ron Howard.
That’s right, according to our friends at The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has tapped the famed narrator of Arrested Development to try to safely land this currently nose-diving project without it viciously exploding into the tarmac.
Ron Howard has been named as the new director of Lucasfilm and Disney’s untitled Han Solo movie, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter exclusively. The official announcement is expected Thursday morning.
The move comes two days after directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go from the movie they had spent over four-and-a-half months directing. Creative differences over style and tone came to a head between the duo and Lawrence Kasdan, with the studio backing the veteran screenwriter.
There is a lot to unpack here. As a director, Howard is a solid choice who’s had his share of hit and misses in the past few years. This is a weird, unprecedented situation. It’s hard to pinpoint how big of an effect Howard will be able to make on the project, due to 90% of the footage already been shot. Due to the reasons for Lord and Miller parting ways with Lucasfilm, it’s likely Howard‘s version of the film will adhere closely to what the studio envisioned.
The Han Solo film seemed a bad idea from the get-go. Now, the film’s prospects are looking even worse. Here’s hoping Howard somehow manages to salvage a solid film from this mess. Hoping is all we can do. Stay tuned for more updates as they roll in.