According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the finished cut of Solo: A Star Wars Story is about 70% the work of Ron Howard. The film endured one of the more troubled productions in recent memory, and Howard was brought in to replace directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller nearly four months into shooting. According to one source for the Journal, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was displeased with the way Lord and Miller were handling the project.
“Tensions rose once shooting started, as the Solo directors sometimes shot dozens of different versions of scenes, straying from what was in the script.”
More from the Journal’s article.
“Within days, Ms. Kennedy hired Mr. Howard, who like her and Mr. Kasdan rose to filmmaking fame in the 1980s and ’90s while Messrs. Miller and Lord were children. Mr. Howard worked faster than his predecessors, sometimes reshooting scenes in a few hours that Messrs. Lord and Miller spent a whole day on, one of the Solo actors said. About 70% of the finished movie came from scenes Mr. Howard shot, another person close to the production said.”
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We finally might have a bit more clarity on this issue. If this information turns out to be true, then we will know it was more than simple creative differences that led to Lord and Miller’s departure from the film. Judging by the above quote, it sounds like Lucasfilm brought in the right person in Howard to get the film back on track.
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Source: The Wall Street Journal (via SlashFilm)