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New 'Star Wars' Han Solo Spinoff Details Reveal A Very Troubled Set

27 June 2017

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phil Lord and Chris Miller shot some "very usable" material that new director, Ron Howard, could end up using.

Meanwhile, it was recently claimed the previous directors had been in conflict with Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, for months and didn't appreciate the tight control the producer took on set.

Going back to the different filmmaking styles, sources say there were "deep fundamental philosophical differences" in how the film was being shot "and the directors felt they were being given 'zero creative freedom.'" Not only that but they were given extraordinarily hard time restraints and "were never given enough days for each scene from the very beginning". Their firing ultimately led to the recruitment of Ron Howard, and one source close to THR even went so far as to claim that the announcement of Howard prompted applause from the ensemble cast, so take from that what you will. "You have to make decisions much earlier than what they're used to", one of these sources say. They know how the cheese is made and that's how they want it made.

Ehrenreich's acting coach wasn't the only late-stage hire - the project's editor, Chris Dickens, was replaced by frequent Ridley Scott collaborator Pietro Scalia. And the company also brought on an acting coach for its star Alden Ehrenreich, who plays young Han Solo, a rarity this late in a production.


Their choice to let actors improvise lines also infuriated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who prefers actors follow a carefully-written script-and reportedly wasn't a fan of the dailies he was seeing. These things actually happened while Lord and Miller were still the directors, but suggested someone they had already worked with, writer-director Maggie Kiley (21 Jump Street).

It's still up in the air if Lord and Miller will retain a directors' credit on the project, considering they shot nearly five months worth of footage. MCU film Thor: The Dark World was originally supposed to be directed by Woman Woman's Patty Jenkins, but she stepped away and was replaced by Alan Taylor and Ant-Man was originally set to be directed by Edgar Wright for years until creative differences caused him to leave the project.

But it's Kennedy's decision making that allowed Rogue One to be a success.

The Millennium Falcon as seen in Star Wars: A New Hope. Ron Howard has since been brought on board to finish directing the untitled Han Solo film.

New 'Star Wars' Han Solo Spinoff Details Reveal A Very Troubled Set