While Solo: A Star Wars Story is arguably looking like a pretty solid film (though I guess it depends on how much you’re willing to let go of Harrison Ford’s depiction of the character), it has certainly been through the wringer in terms of production drama.
The film very publicly let go previous directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller after it became clear that the vision they had for the film was much different than what Lucasfilm wanted. Speaking with EW, new director Ron Howard discussed that removal, and his desire to help out with the project when he first heard about it.
“I know Chris and Phil. They’re incredibly talented guys, and all anyone at Imagine Entertainment wants to do is find a way to work with Chris and Phil, and that’s every bit as much the case today as ever. But when I learned that this change was happening, it just came in a moment where I was working on lots of new projects for Imagine, and I had not planned to direct anything last year. So then this came my way, and I was talking to Kathy, and the now tragically late Alli Shearmur, an old friend. I was reluctant, but I also began to feel that I could help.”
But what does this mean for all the work the original directors did? Have they been erased from existence? Not at all, as Howard embellished.
“It’s disappointing that any company ever feels like they have to make a change like that. It’s rough on everybody and disappointing for everybody, and I’ve just tried to come in and — of course, Phil and Chris’s fingerprints are all over the movie, given how much they put into it and the time they put into it. I hope fans won’t even think about how the movie was made. They should just lose themselves in it.”
However, if you were hoping to get a percentage quote from Howard, he ain’t telling.
“As Han says, ‘Don’t tell me the percentages.’ Never tell me the percentages.”
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