Former Han Solo Movie Directors On Being Fired From Star Wars Spin-Off

"That was a really big gap to bridge."

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The upcoming Star Wars spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story was set to be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, but the pair were replaced by Ron Howard in June, a few weeks before the completion of principal photography. Lord has now commented on their departure for the first time.

The director, who is best known for The Lego Movie and the Jump Street films, was asked about the situation in an interview with Vulture. Lord gives a unsurprisingly diplomatic answer that nevertheless recognises that there were serious differences in the approach to the movie that led to him and Miller being fired. "We had the most incredible cast and crew and collaborators," he said. "I think in terms of us leaving the project, 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."

Although the official statement issued by Lucasfilm at the time of Lord and Miller's exit suggested that it was an amicable departure based on "creative differences," subsequent reports stated that they were in fact fired due to clashes with Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer and Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Last month it was rumored that Howard had reshot a lot of the film--possibly up to 80% of it. Co-star Thandie Newton subsequently denied that this was the case, but even if the reshoots were less extensive than initially thought, there is no doubt that the length of Howard's production was far longer than the few weeks of reshoots that were initially suggested. Production recommenced in June and didn't finish until mid-October. In addition, the scale of the reshoots meant that at least one role had to be recast, with Paul Bettany replacing Michael K. Williams.

Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, with Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Emilia Clarke also star. It hits theaters on May 25, 2018.

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Filmmaking 101: the artistic direction a film will follow is known waaaaaaaaaaaaaay before any production starts. After that it is just adjustments. So their "big gap" to bridge is complete BS. That kennedy seems to be a complete control freak doesn't hurt either. At least she gave Johnson a trilogy. Provided that The Last Jedi doesn't disappoint I will be looking forward to it.

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the real truth they can't say is that Kathleen Kennedy is a control freak who absolutely must control all aspects and push her feminist agenda and any even slight disagreements will get you sh**t canned so why even bother trying at that point?? when creativity is sucked out and corporate & personal politics are forced in??? this is why star wars is dead....and why it's just going to keep trucking along until they squeeze every last drop out.....but no matter what company ended up with the rights they'd be doing the same crap and probably worse....

the best thing George could have done was remain independent, maybe stop making movies himself but keep ILM as a free agent making effects for Hollywood, that would have kept em busy and paid.....

George wanted an out, but didn't wanna bankrupt the empire so to save it he sold it and now star wars is being whored out....the very thing he feared, irony for you....

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Good thing Kevin spacey wasn't attached to this.

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Rogue One, I didn't expect much and I actually enjoyed watching it. This Solo movie just gives me so many bad vibes. I'm expecting it to be quite awful, so maybe it will end up surprising me as well.

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@meatymisto: You just cannot have 2 different actors play the same beloved character. It doesn't work unless one can pass off as a younger or significantly older version of the character. This movie will fall victim to this trope and suffer because of it. People will pick apart every flaw they find because they will not resonate with someone else playing Han Solo.

It sucks for the actors, this movie was set up to fail. Han Solo is one of the few characters in Star Wars who doesn't need an origin story. A book on how he met Chewy would have been enough. Instead we got a cash grab that Disney thinks is necessary given the popularity of the character.

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@noshotskill: meanwhile the James Bond and Doctor Who franchises prove you can have different actors play the same role and hell it's part of the trademark of those franchises, we've had at least 5 actors play Batman in film and TV and nobody takes issue......

anyone can play Han, it's not an exclusive role but the real issue is with them wanting to keep pushing prequel retcons and hurt the overall story....but who cares about story when you have epic action scenes and Vader doing Vader things right??? pfft

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@MJ12-Conspiracy: I do think were going to see a lot of people complain about Solo not being played by Ford. It is the first time that were going to get a different actor playing Han Solo and in this day and age it has been made a lot easier to pick movies apart, complain and be critical of things thanks to the internet. This was not the case for Bond. Different actors playing Bond was widely accepted before the internet was even a thing. Its just so easy to go online, type up some nonsense and press a button and if enough people do so the rest will generally accept that as truth. This is especially the case if some of the bigger sites or content creators also share that view.

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@skippert: I just see larger issues that are wrong with SW movies than who might play a younger version of a character.....

1 extended universe and forced nostalgia

2 Kathleen kennedy pushing feminist agenda into things that didn't require it and fracking even that up

3 the story they're creating is trash compared to stories like Jedi Academy trilogy, Thrawn trilogy and the X-Wing series

4 even if you ignore everything else SW7 is just lame, Rogue One is an okay war movie but a boring sci-fi flick.....

5 so far the movies are too tied to the originals, they're copying the formula and not doing anything new....

they should have looked forward and not back, have a longer in the timeline where extended universe stops and the new continuum starts, start a whole new story....but no, they had to bank on nostalgia, it's SW people were going to go see it no matter what, it was in their best interest to preserve what they had, put a cap on where EU ends and open that up to anything at the end of it all the way back to say the creation myth of the universe is good to explore....

the reason the prequels are hated is cus they added context nobody asked for, nobody asked for a deeper explanation of the force, and nobody asked for a full background account of han Solo's life FFS.....and nobody wants a Boba Fett movie, oh they say they do but when the mystery is shattered and all is laid bare you'll wish they never did anything....

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I read they had to literally fly in an acting coach for the guy playing Han Solo.

LOL this movie has “shit” written all over it.

Disney is going to milk this franchise for all it’s worth. By 2020 we’ll have a Max Rebo movie.

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@frank_castle: I would much rather have a Max Rebo movie than a movie about Han Solo not starring Harrison Ford.

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I don't really care about SOLO spinoff, I never liked Han Solo charisma and will skip this like I did with Rogue One. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Disney for milking old cow, I just really don't see Star Wars Universe existing outside Jedi and Sith cultures. Everytime I go to see Star Wars titled movie my expectations are only two: 1. lightsaber duels; 2. action scenes including use of force powers and that's a small price I ask anything SW related to deliver, side details like outer space battles are clone from Star Trek universe with more improvised ways and larger battles.

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Silly director...like Disney would let you have your own thoughts. It's their way or the highway.

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@lionheartssj1: I don't know about the Star Wars side of Disney's Borg cube, but from what I've seen on the Marvel side, they seem to give a fair amount of freedom. For example, Thor Ragnarok was going to be another normal Thor movie, but Chris Hemsworth told Feige that he was tired of Thor and wanted to change everything, so they found a director who wanted to do the same, Taika Waititi, and stuck them together. Then they let them improvise over most of the script.

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@lionheartssj1: fair comment. However, I think this is being handled well by all parties. I would rather a director have integrity to step down and leave rather than do something that wasn't their vision. That will only result in the director doing a half-assed job which will hurt the movie. If the rumours of massive reshoots are true, then it also shows Disney cares enough about the movie to give it the time and money needed to do it right. I see all those things as a positive. Of course, the movie could still bomb, but at least it won't be because the people involved weren't properly invested.

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First rule of Hollywood: never tell the truth about anything negative by being positive about it.

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Honestly doesn't matter this will be the least successful star wars movie in years. I wont be surprised if its opening weekend fails to meet expectations.

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@gamingdevil800: It at least looks better than Rogue One, but that's a low bar considering Rogue One was worse than even The Phantom Menace.

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@Elranzer: No issue with your opinion. Personally I really liked Rogue One. Now for me, I had issues with "The Force Awakens." I liked the new characters and all, but a Deathstar planet! Ugh. Hated that. Just a rehash of "A New Hope."

I still am not a fan of the prequels, but after TFA I looked at them in a different light. Even Lucas came out and said that he always aimed to show different environments/settings, etc... And in thinking of TFA, while I admire JJ for trying to be more physically centered with his locations, nothing seemed unworldly to me.

Again a case of YMMV. (Your Mileage May Vary.)

I hope for all us fans that "The Last Jedi" and "Solo" are both good films. I personally am worried about Solo, but we'll see...

Take care.

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@Elranzer: No Star Wars movie could ever be worse than Eps 1, 2 and 3. Literally impossible. At least Rogue One had characters and a plot. At least the story had a point to it. That alone puts it far above Phantom Menace.

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@ZIMdoom: It had characters? I literally remember 1 person's name: Jyn (or whatever) - seriously I can't recall anyone else's name. I mean I remember that dude that was shot and fell several stories onto his back just to show up again mostly fine to save the day, but I don't recall his name. You know, the guy that muddied the fact that the rebels are the good guys with the whole 2017 "edgyness" when he murdered his crippled informant?

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@ZIMdoom: Hey hey don't diss revenge of the sith.

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@Elranzer: What do you mean? I thought Rogue One was alright. These anthology movies are definitely not for everyone anyway, I hated the fact Rogue One didn't have an opening crawl. I wonder if SOLO will have one? As for phantom menace I haven't had as much fun watching a lightsaber duel since then apart from revenge of the sith.

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@gamingdevil800: Rogue one was pointless eww jan orso's father put the flaw in cus reasons??? pfft trash, what's the point?? that whole op was a failure too.....IRL that's how they'd see it......

since nobody planned the op there's nobody to blame, nobody to punish etc but with not one agent making it back to report the alliance misses out of crucial intel not just the plans....but this is what we have to suffer having to fit an established narrative.....PREQUELS are bad.....you can't insert a new chapter set before all the big action and not have it change the flow.....they're making even the original movies unwatchable cus now oh so where's those cool ships they had??? right they're not canon but are canon but invented now but shouldn't be canon but they are canon.......so is the alliance really that weak then?? well if we accept RO as canon then yes but they get stronger but they get weaker too but it seems like they'll get stronger too.....who knows now.....

they're fracking everything up with all this BS.....

wait why does 3po have a red arm now?? well cus he made some offscreen friends but robots/droids don't have friends, yes they do, remember that book?? the books aren't canon...oh......eh well they can have friends....no.....yes....no.....C, C, Combo breaker, talk about the Mary Sue.....oh for the love of, don't get me friggin started.....

yes this is a conversation in my head....

they fracked star wars up 6 ways to Sunday.....

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@MJ12-Conspiracy: There is a type of prequel so far back in the timeline that it could work... The Old Republic

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@gamingdevil800: and even that's been done to death in extended universe and we don't need yet another sith war......oh wait that's what we're getting in Ep 7-9.....pfft

if you go back far enough in the old republic the jedi fought a battle on Tython where those who disacreed with doctrine left or were exiled and they fled beyond the then known galaxy into Sith space, a region ruled by red skinned sith, the fallen jedi who sought refuge eventually took over and called themselves sith.....

ages later when 2 hyperspace travellers arrived on a sith world they were taken captive and these people told the sith lords about the galaxy and the lords decided an invasion was in order....this started the Stark Hyperspace war.....

since that time there's been a sith attack every few hundred years, sometimes 100, sometimes thousands of years, anything in between....Exar kun, Revan & Malek, Darth Kahn, Darth Bane and his lineage, Zaranah and IDK who came after her eventually Plageous, Sidious & Vader.....and supposedly now this Snoke??

I forget who was around in the hyperspace war, but seems like it was Marka Ragnos's time, when the Mandaloreans invaded it was about a decade or 2 after Exar kun, from there, Ulic Qel Droma fell to the dark side during the war, and many other jedi died then to end it Reven and Malek lead the army that stopped em but the star jedi fell to the darkness and came back as conquerors, from that war when reven finally won he/she left known space and Traya, Scion and Nihilus attacked then were killed in battle, eventually Lord Kahn raised an army on Korriban and waged war against the jedi, the prime general was Master Hoth, it ended on ruusan, the valley of the jedi where Bane tricked Kahn into using a thought bomb that trapped the souls of Jedi and sith alike in a massive force nexus, from this point the Sith were silent and remained in the shadows for thousands of years but Lord Bane created a covert network of information brokers, smugglers and assassins to gather information, supplies and eliminate targets across the galaxy, this network remained hidden and in use by every sith master since Bane's time

so there was about a 2,000 year gap where no sith were active, no sith war and peace mostly reigned therefore putting more in there would be a retcon.....

keep in mind extended universe or not, there is in the films the jedi saying that for 2000 or so years the sith have been thought dead.....so even if not every book is accepted a general idea is accepted, there's no room for old republic stuff anymore I mean FFS even TOR breaks the rule....TOR came after Darth Bane created the rule of two so yeah...unless they're trying to say all of the events of the game, the war and expansions take place in the seemingly short time between KOTOR2 and Darth Bane path of Destruction or that the book isn't canon cut bane is.....this is how fracked up SW is.....we aren't even fracking sure of the history FFS......I know my sh**t but at this point we can assume everything is out and if so what's the point??? piss on it man.....this is why i'm so angry over it, cus it didn't have to be this way....

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