In terms of how long fans have waited, Solo: A Star Wars Story is just around the corner. As most of you already know, the film had more than its share of problems during production, the most prominent being the original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, being replaced by Ron Howard roughly four months into shooting. President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about exactly what it was that caused the directorial change.
“I think these guys are hilarious, but they come from a background of animation and sketch comedy and when you are making these movies you can do that and there’s plenty of room for improvisation, we do that all the time, but it has to be inside of a highly structured process or you can’t get the work done and you can’t move the armies of people to anticipate and have things ready. So, it literally came down to process. Just getting it done.”
Kennedy continued, praising the duo, noting the circumstances were unfortunate.
“There comes a point where there’s only so much you can do and then you have to take a different course and that’s where we ended up. So, it’s not like there’s anything I can really add to it because the last thing I want to do is reopen a wound. Yeah, I just don’t want to do that.. These are really great guys and you know, nobody wanted this to happen. It was just one of those unfortunate things.”
What happened with Lord and Miller is a tough situation. If you enjoyed the recently released trailer, you may feel Disney made the right move bringing in Ron Howard, on the other hand if you didn’t like the trailer, you may be left wondering what could have been. Perhaps someday fans will be treated to the footage shot by Lord and Miller, and we can see what caused Lucasfilm to act in the such a drastic manner.
But Kennedy wasn’t the only one to speak on the situation. Lord had the following to say:
“I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That was a really big gap to bridge, and it proved to be too big. Sometimes people break up, and it’s really sad, and it’s really disappointing, but it happens and we learned a lot from our collaborators and we’re better filmmakers for it. We’re really proud of the work we did on the movie and we wish everybody the best.”
“We’re super well-adjusted, obviously we’re doing great. We’re super drunk right now. As Phil said, we had such a great relationship with cast and crew, we were really rooting for them.”
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Source: Entertainment Weekly