Studio politics are a complicated thing. There are as many sides to a story as there are people involved (and oftentimes many more), and we’re sure that’s no different from what happened with the Han Solo film. If for some reason you’re unfamiliar, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were recently relieved of their duties for the upcoming Han Solo film, with rumors running around that it had to do with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan having a problem with the way the pair were treating the character Han Solo. It short, it seemed that they were going for too much of a comedic angle in ways that betray the established personality of the smuggler.
But what else is there regarding this juicy Hollywood story? The folks at Star Wars News Net ran down what they’d heard, and some parts of it may surprise. But before we get going, remember, this is just a rumor, so you can take it only with a grain of salt.
Now let's hop into the mill. For starters, Kasdan and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy weren’t the ones to take action first. As mentioned before, Lord and Miller were really pushing the comedic boundaries of this character, so much so that lead actor, Alden Ehrenreich expressed concerns to a producer, who, in turn, expressed them Kennedy. The SWNN source went so far as to say that some of the moments saw Han Solo acting an awful like like Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura — an odd comparison, to say the least.
But things continued, and everyone seemed to think that they would be able to make this work. However, when the rough cut of the footage so far was assembled, it was something of a muddled mess. Apparently, the scenes -- when played separately from one another -- were great. However, when seen front to back, it seemed more evident that the film’s scenes were at odds with one another. When all said and done, Lucasfilm wanted a film that skewed closer to Kasdan’s script, and had less improv.
Lucasfilm still seemed to think that they could salvage the project through reshoots. They'd done the same thing with Rogue One, and that film turned out great. However, while Gareth Edwards was willing to play ball, Lord and Miller weren’t. The report states that they gave an ultimatum, saying that they had to do it their way, or they were out.
We all know what happened then.
Ron Howard has since been hired to take over to help execute a vision that is reportedly more in line with what we can expect from the Han Solo we know and love.
Credit where credit is due: this piece is a massive distillation of the mammoth piece over at Star Wars News Net, so if you want to read their full take, I recommend checking out their piece.
What do you think of all this? Does it sound like Lucasfilm made the right choice? And do you think there’s another side to this story we’re not hearing?
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SOURCE: Star Wars News Net