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Will Han Solo Keep Its May 2018 Release Date?

4 July 2017 7:14 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

A few weeks ago, the winds of change blew over Disney’s Han Solo anthology pic with such ferocity that you’d be forgiven if your head was still spinning from the whole ordeal.

To recap, after four-and-a-half months of principal photography, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were formally dismissed from the Star Wars spinoff, setting in motion a chain of rumors each more disconcerting than the last. Creative differences were cited by Lucasfilm as the primary cause for concern, after Lord and Miller’s improvisational style of filmmaking reportedly clashed with the by-the-book (read: script) tactic imposed by Lawrence Kasdan, who penned the story for Disney’s Han Solo movie with his son Jon.

In fact, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy allegedly considered bringing in Lawrence to help course-correct the spinoff late last month – said to be around the same time that Disney tapped an acting coach for lead star »

- Matt Joseph

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Could We See A Han Solo Teaser Trailer As Early As D23?

4 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

A few weeks ago, it was revealed that Lucasfilm had fired Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Millers from the project, and in their place, they put in veteran helmer Ron Howard. In recent years, the replacing of directors is something that’s been revealed to happen on fairly regular basis. Hell, just a couple months back, Joss Whedon replaced Zack Snyder as director of the Justice League for the reshoots (albeit under completely different circumstances). However, with Lucasfilm, it’s become something of a pattern.

Josh Trank was fired from the Boba Fett movie for his behavior on Fantastic Four, Gareth Edwards was basically a puppet during the reshoots of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Tony Gilroy took the helm, and now this. It seems to portray a disturbing trend, and while Lucasfilm is still currently two-for-two in strong films since they resuscitated the Star Wars franchise, »

- Joseph Medina

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Why it might be time to look beyond cinematic universes

27 June 2017 10:24 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jun 29, 2017

Universal’s Dark Universe. Transformers. Are audiences and filmmakers alike starting to grow weary of cinematic universes, we wonder...

When Marvel made Iron Man in 2007, it didn’t just release a new superhero movie; it also embarked on something quite new in cinema. While we’ve all seen sequels, prequels, spin-offs and remakes before, the notion of a movie universe was different: a series of interlinked films, all building up to the summer blockbuster equivalent of a team-up comic.

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With each subsequent entry - well, apart from The Incredible Hulk, which people don’t really talk about much anymore - Marvel’s movies built up anticipation for the main event, so that by the time The Avengers came out in 2012, it brought with it a »

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Han Solo Fallout: ‘Deep Fundamental Philosophical Differences’ Reportedly Led to Lord and Miller’s ‘Star Wars’ Firing

26 June 2017 7:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While it seems likely we’ll never fully know what happened on the set of the still-untitled Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff feature, the first of what seems to be an inevitable stream of new reports has revealed a mess of new information. And what a mess it is.

Over at The Hollywood Reporter, Kim Masters weighs in on the kerfuffle, detailing a divided production hindered by a series of philosophical disconnects and differences that apparently could not be overcome by either recently fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller or Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy.

The new report holds that “matters had already reached a boiling point in mid-June,” just days before Kennedy fired Lord and Miller, as the directors’ more relaxed shooting style — THR specifically mentions a day when they didn’t start shooting until 1P.M., and only utilized three setups as opposed to the dozen or so »

- Kate Erbland

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Are Disney The Best People For Star Wars?

25 June 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neil Calloway thinks the troubled Han Solo film proves Disney’s hearts aren’t in the right place…

So, with the news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have left the Han Solo movie, it’s time to ask if Disney really are the best people to move the Star Wars franchise forward.

Of course, films run into trouble all the time, and a studio as big as Disney wants to protect its investment, but it’s not the first time this has happened. There have been two Star Wars Anthology films, and both of them have had productions issues. First re-shoots and Tony Gilroy being drafted in to polish/rewrite on Rogue One, and now the directors departing this film. It doesn’t bode well at all. They got away with it with Rogue One, but it remains to be seen how much longer they’ll be able to »

- Neil Calloway

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7 Star Wars Anthology Movies We’d Rather Have Than A Han Solo Prequel

22 June 2017 11:17 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As you probably well know, production on the latest movie in the Star Wars saga has now ground to a halt due to some major behind-the-scenes problems. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been fired from the Han Solo spinoff, which only has three weeks left of principal photography, due to “creative differences” with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

The crux of the issue seems to be that the two sides have very different views on what the film should be. While there’s no doubt more to the story than just that, it does make you wonder whether this argument stems from the fact that there was a problem with the concept of the movie in the first place. After all, did the origins story of Han Solo really need to be told?

To be clear, we do actually have faith that Lucasfilm will be able to turn this situation around and produce another enjoyable outing. In all fairness, they haven’t put a wrong foot forth yet with the revived series of films and Rogue One survived a very similar obstacle to this one – the movie was significantly reshot, with Tony Gilroy replacing director Gareth Edwards – and it turned out to be fantastic.

Still, that being said, there are a bunch of other movies that we’d rather have seen released under the Star Wars Anthology banner instead of a Han Solo prequel. Even if they aren’t in active development now, let’s hope that Lucasfilm gets to work on at least one or two of the following seven projects in the near future, as we think that any of them would make for a better film than the upcoming spinoff. »

- Christian Bone

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Ron Howard’s ‘Star Wars’: We Debate the New Choice For Lucasfilm’s Han Solo Movie

22 June 2017 9:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With the news that Ron Howard is taking over the production of Lucasfilm’s young Han Solo movie, the IndieWire team traded emails about the shift.

Anne Thompson: Lucasfilm czar Kathleen Kennedy is siding with the writer — long-time “Star Wars” consigliere Lawrence Kasdan —over a carefully-selected director team with a strong voice. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, if you think about it, have become accustomed to running their own show. They have a little production studio humming along at Bricksburg in Hollywood, born from the blockbuster “The Lego Movie,” and they’re used to being in charge. They are stars. And they know it.

Whatever went wrong here, it’s clear who Lord and Miller are, what they can do. For one thing they are comedy directors — “21 Jump Street,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “The Lego Movie” — not to mention the upcoming “Lego Ninjago Movie,” “America: The Motion Picture,” “Mib 23,” the Untitled Spider-Man Project, and a gaggle of TV series. They’re running their own factory parallel to the Lucasfilm universe and ran headlong into the juggernaut that is “Star Wars.” Kennedy’s purpose is to stay on course — as Kevin Feige does with Marvel — and keep the “Star Wars” universe humming and intact as it spins into many orbits. She can take responsibility for miscasting in this case, because Lord and Miller are who they are and, once hired, should be able to do what they do.

Read More: ‘Star Wars’: The Han Solo Movie We Will Never Get to See

When less established indie hire Gareth Edwards went off track on “Rogue One,” he had to step aside as “Bourne” franchise writer-director Tony Gilroy helped to reshoot and reorganize the final product. The trick with Jj Abrams or Rian Johnson or Colin Trevorrow is selecting directors who are team players capable of keeping the larger goals in mind, and not drawing outside the lines. That, apparently, Lord and Miller did not do—running with a different interpretation of Han Solo than Kasdan. In this case, a reinvention of the Han Solo character for a new generation was not in the cards. Of course Ron Howard is a superb competent director (“Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Rush”) who can execute with the best of them. He knows what to do and will do it well. But like Edgar Wright’s “Ant Man,” I  suspect the movie we will never see was more exciting and unexpected than the one that will hit global screens in 2018.

Kate Erbland: There’s no question that after the massive upheaval of Lord and Miller leaving the project with just a few weeks left to go in principal photography, Lucasfilm is desperate for anything resembling stability. Howard is a good guy for that, a seasoned professional with plenty of blockbuster experience and two Oscars to boot, and he’ll likely be able to soothe frazzled nerves and get the mechanics of the filmmaking process running smoothly in no time. That’s the draw here: He’s a safe choice, and what was so exciting about the initial hiring of Lord and Miller was that they weren’t.

Howard will surely make a perfectly serviceable feature, delivered on time and with a minimum of drama, but the fallout from this will always eclipse that final product. Not just in terms of the Han Solo movie we’ll never see — though that stings, too — but because it shows that Lucasfilm and “Star Wars” aren’t ready to take a real gamble on unique talents just yet, even when they seem so happy to keep telling us that they are.

Zack Sharf: It’s also worth pointing out that Howard’s a Hollywood veteran, so fans should rest assured this will remain a polished, maybe even elegant production. But he’s also an old-fashioned, traditional storyteller, which means anyone hoping for some narrative edge to this spinoff will most likely wind up disappointed.

But given all the news that has broken since Lord and Miller’s firing earlier this week, the real question isn’t whether or not Ron Howard is a good replacement, it’s whether or not his hiring even matters. It’s become apparent that Kennedy and Kasdan are the real directors at play here, even though their titles may not official indicate such a job. It’s why Lord and Miller were fired. It’s why Tony Gilroy was brought on to oversee Gareth Edwards’ massive “Star Wars: Rogue One” reshoots. The latter was no fluke, and the former is an alarming new wake up call to the real people calling the shots on these movies.

Directors often come and go from projects — just look what’s happening with “The Flash” over at Warner Bros. — but very rarely are they fired months into production. It makes you wonder how much these movies can have any real directorial signature. Whether it was Ron Howard or Guillermo del Toro, for instance, we might wind up with the same end product. Kennedy and Kasdan may have the perfect template for this movie, but that doesn’t mean it requires a talented filmmaker.

Chris O’Falt: I think the big thing with Howard is he can have a light touch when necessary.  He’s the rare studio director who can do intense drama, action, but is more than capable of doing comedy or building in comedic elements. He’s the best choice for preserving — and salvaging — some element of Lord and Miller’s comedic elements and while delivering a component action-adventure film. Howard is congenial and beloved, in addition to being a component producer and respected presence on set.

Read More: Han Solo Upheaval: Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s ‘Star WarsExit

As Kate said, when this movie comes out, Lord and Miller will be part of the story.  Who would you rather have out front with your “it all worked out” version of things?  Who do you want sitting with Colbert or on the Today Show rehashing this awkward situation? Howard knows how to diffuse a bomb.

Eric Kohn: There’s a bigger question behind all this: What do we want from our “Star Wars” movies? Personally, I was satiated a long time ago (in a movie theater far, far away, on the other side of the country, watching the original trilogy in its late-nineties rerelease). This franchise has been with us for so long that we take its existence for granted. Say what you want about George Lucas’ prequels, but this former aspiring experimental filmmaker was constantly thinking outside the box. The latest “Star Wars” movies, while proficient as entertainment, have also shown a kind of conservatism with respect to mainstream entertainment. Give the audience what they want — a big, slick space opera that’s easy to consume and loaded with relatable characters. The only thing truly daring about “Rogue One” was its grim finale – and I bet the Lucasfilm execs won’t let the franchise go that direction ever again.

I love the idea of hiring visionary filmmakers to play around with studio dollars, but frankly am more intrigued by the wacky possibilities of Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” than Han Solo’s backstory. (For what it’s worth: The “Star Wars” comics, which are canon, already do a fine job of filling in some of those details.) The more I consider the possibilities of a Han Solo prequel, the less exciting they become; this character has become such a fully-formed pop culture icon that the very idea of more cinematic adventures strikes me as redundant.

Here’s an idea: Take Han Solo’s name out of the script and let Ron Howard make a fast, fun space western about characters who have barely received much attention in the past. Why not give Lando Calrissian top billing? Donald Glover’s overdue for action stardom. Or, for that matter, maybe Howard could channel his penchant for music films into a concert film about Mos Eisely cantina fixtures Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes. I’d be first in line.

Wishful thinking, I know. We’re getting a Ron Howard movie about young Han Solo. As others have said, it’s a safer bet, and not the least bit surprising. Maybe it’ll be fine. But I have a strong feeling that will also be familiar.

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- Eric Kohn, Zack Sharf, Kate Erbland, Chris O'Falt and Anne Thompson

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Who should replace Phil Lord and Chris Miller on the Han Solo movie?

22 June 2017 3:46 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

*This was posted before today’s announcement that Ron Howard has been tapped for the director’s chair* A few days ago, shocking news broke that filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller were being removed from the untitled Young Han Solo movie that they were currently in production on. This is pretty shocking stuff, to be frank. Even with the chaos of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last year, Kathleen Kennedy and company didn’t replace Gareth Edwards during the shooting of the picture. That happened here though, as Lord and Miller are out. What does this mean? We shall see, but the search is (quickly) on for a replacement. Whomever gets the job will finish the last few weeks of production and then handle the post production work. It’s going to be a challenge, to say the least. Hopefully the person who comes on board the ship won’t crash it, as plenty is riding on this tale of a young smuggler… Here now are a half dozen options to replace Lord and Miller, some of whom have been mentioned already, while some are just my suggestions. Take a gander: Jon Favreau – He’s familiar to Disney, has experience with blockbusters, and probably would have an affinity for the material. At the same time, Favreau is a busy man and likely is a long shot. This is the sort of person that Kennedy and company should be looking into though, for what that’s worth. It just probably won’t end up being him, specifically. Tony Gilroy – Considering how Gilroy supposedly stepped in to save the day on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, doesn’t this make sense? Still, it’s been said that he’s not in the mix, at least currently. Logic dictates that he should be, however. If the same result can be achieved here as with Rogue One, I think everyone would walk away happily, more or less. Ron Howard – The frontrunner and rumored to be the likely pick, Howard would be a safe and reliable choice. Is he a filmmaker who generates excitement anymore? No, not especially. That being said, he would be a responsible choice, one who wouldn’t rock the boat. He might even leave in a fair amount of Lord and Miller’s style, considering how low key his own is. If this is the choice, I have zero issue with it. Joe Johnston – The other name mentioned a lot is Johnston, who [...] »

- Joey Magidson

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Last Jedi Director Responds to Star Wars Creative Control Controversy

21 June 2017 6:32 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Rian Johnson, who is busy in post-production on this December's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has spoken out about creative control after insinuations that his movie could be in jeopardy after Lucasfilm fired Chris Miller and Phil Lord from Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. Lucasfilm unveiled a bit of a bombshell late into the news cycle yesterday, that they had let Lord and Miller go, due to creative differences. Since this is not the first time that this has happened in recent memory, *cough* Rogue One, speculation has been rampant about Rain Johnson's Star Wars 8 and Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars 9.

A Twitter user decided to tweet at Rian Johnson, questioning Disney and Lucasfilm's commitment to artistic creative freedom for their directors. The fan asks this.

"(Rian Johnson) You praised Disney for months about creative control and yet Miller and Lord are fired for having their own vision. Strange."

The fan is basically insinuating that Johnson is lying about his creative freedom on the set, which is strange in itself because there's no way in hell this dude would walk up to Johnson and insinuate such a thing. Johnson calmly addressed the question and basically said that was not an issue in his experience. Read his response as posted on the official Rian Johnson Twitter.

"I had as much creative control on Tlj as I've ever had on any of my own movies."

In terms of the Han Solo firing, Lucasfilm and Disney took a similar approach with the production of Rogue One when they brought Tony Gilroy into replace Gareth Edwards at the last minute, to rewrite and reshoot elements that the studios were not happy with. This is a common practice. The decision obviously paid off at the box office and most critics and fans were very happy with the end results. The point being, Disney and Lucasfilm know what they are doing and they're not going to gamble with a franchise as beloved as Star Wars. There's no doubt that Lord and Miller had complete creative control, it's just their vision didn't jive with what Lucasfilm and Kasdan had in mind. There is also no doubt that J.J. Abrams had full creative control or that Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow won't receive it as well.

It is rumored that Chris Miller and Phil Lord were looking at taking the Han Solo movie and taking a comedic approach with the title character. This apparently did not sit well with the brass at Lucasfilm or screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the script for Han Solo. There are a few names in the running to take the reigns, but an official replacement director has not been announced at the time of writing.

Disney and Lucasfilm are not hiring directors to tell them what to do. These directors are hired to do what they do best, which admittedly does sound a little odd when you think of Lord and Miller's background. Whatever, it didn't work out, a new director will be announced soon, Rian Johnson had his creative control and so will Colin Trevorrow, and Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will be released on schedule.

I had as much creative control on Tlj as I've ever had on any of my own movies.

Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 21, 2017 »

- MovieWeb

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Han Solo Movie: 12 Directors Best Positioned to Step In for Lord and Miller (Photos)

21 June 2017 1:59 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Luke, we’re gonna have company. After the bombshell news Tuesday that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the Han Solo spinoff movie currently in production, a number of names emerged for whom could take over the director’s chair. It’s hard to think who might even want to take on a potential PR nightmare after a similar outcome for “Rogue One” and with much of the film already shot. But this is Han Solo we’re talking about. “I can imagine quite a bit.” Tony Gilroy With much of the Han Solo film already shot, as was the case with “Rogue. »

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Star Wars: Han Solo and a question of directorial control

21 June 2017 9:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jun 22, 2017

Making a Hollywood film is a huge opportunity. But for some filmmakers, it can also represent years of compromise and disappointment...

The course of Hollywood filmmaking never did run smooth, but the news recently emerging from the production of next year's A Star Wars Story spin-off is dramatic stuff even by blockbuster movie standards.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were first hired to direct the film about a young Han Solo in the summer of 2015, have abruptly departed the project, with the movie-making duo and Lucasfilm both citing “creative differences” in their respective statements.

Now, directors, writers and other crew may come and go on movies of all sizes, but seldom this far into production. The core cast of Alden Ehrenreich (as Solo), Donald Glover (as a young Lando) had already been put in place, while filming began in late January of this year under the production title Star Wars: Red Cup. This means that Lord and Miller - whose previous films include Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, 21 Jump St and The Lego Movie - had been shooting for approximately five months before their involvement abruptly ended. 

A number of reports have emerged about what went on behind the scenes; The Hollywood Reporter, for example, suggests that longtime Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan (who wrote the Solo script with his son, Jon) disapproved of Lord and Miller’s loose, improv-heavy style of filmmaking, and wanted them to stick to the letter of his text. Variety, on the other hand, says it was producer and Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy who butted heads with the directors, with one of the outlet’s sources quoted as saying that the “culture clash” between the two parties was such that Kennedy “Didn’t even like the way they folded their socks.”

Whatever the truth is, the Solo movie is now in a highly unusual position of being in the midst of full-scale production without a director to guide it. Now, you might think that, in such an scenario, an experienced producer like Kathleen Kennedy or even Kasdan, who’s called the shots on movies in the past, could simply fill the empty seats left by Lord and Miller. 

There is, however, a problem: the Directors Guild of America’s rules plainly state that someone already involved with a movie production can’t replace an outgoing director. “Except in an emergency,” the DGA’s website states, “no director already assigned to the production may replace you”.

From a director’s standpoint, it’s easy to see why this rule’s in place: it protects them from those nightmare scenarios where a power-hungry director wants to push the director out and take over the picture. (According to James Cameron, this is pretty much what happened to him on his ill-fated debut, Piranha II: The Spawning.)

As the DGA says in that quote above, a producer like Kathleen Kennedy can take over the directing duties on a Hollywood movie in the event of an emergency, but even here, there’s a catch: if the producer created that emergency in the first place - in other words, if Lord and Miller were fired, as Variety claims they were - then Kennedy can’t take over. In any event, an emergency director can only assume the role for a maximum of five days, and by that point, the producers are back to where they started: the person who permanently takes over as director has to hired from outside the production. 

This is why, within hours of the Lord and Miller news breaking, further stories have emerged that a replacement is already being sought; Ron Howard and Joe Johnston are reportedly being considered, as is Lawrence Kasdan - though as we’ve already seen, hiring Kasdan could land Disney-Lucasfilm in some legally murky waters.

In the meantime, production on the Solo movie has been shut down until a new director’s found - a process that could take weeks, according to THR sources. While the new crop of Star Wars movies have had their production difficulties before, this is undoubtedly the most serious so far - and getting the production back on course will almost certainly prove costly.

There’s the question, too, of just what other directors will make of the whole affair, given the stories that have emerged from behind the scenes of last year’s Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One. Director Gareth Edwards’ vision of a harsh war film was retooled late in the film’s making, with Tony Gilroy brought in to conduct reshoots and change the film’s tone to something more approaching a typical Star Wars movie.

These production stories provide a useful illustration of where major films from the likes of Marvel, Warner and Lucasfilm are today; the producers behind them may want directors who have their own style and ideas, but only if those things fit within the closely-guarded framework dictated by either a space opera or a superhero movie. Indeed, with Kennedy stating that the directors and studio had “different creative visions” for Han Solo, it leaves us wondering why Lord and Miller were hired in the first place. One look at their body of work, whether it’s animated or live-action, will give you an indication of their very successful style: shoot-from-the-hip, fast and loose. 

From an outside standpoint, it appears as though directors are being hired for their enthusiasm and the personality of their filmmaking, albeit with the hope that their edges can be sanded down to fit what the producers think will please its ticket-buying audiences. In many instances, a happy medium is found, of a sort: Suicide Squad, which was heavily re-edited before release, was critically panned, but the box office receipts were huge. Rogue One’s production was difficult, but the resulting film was well-received and a similarly big success.

When those uneasy partnerships break down, though, the results are plain to see: Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, which went so sour that the director effectively disowned the movie via social media. Ant-Man, which lost co-writer and director Edgar Wright after years of development. And, of course, the whole Lord and Miller situation.

Behind-the-scenes dramas are as old as Hollywood itself, but the ever-increasing cost of mainstream filmmaking and the bizarre paradox created by the movie universe paradigm - where audience expectations have to be catered to and upended at the same time - appear to be making the life of a director increasingly difficult.

Taking on the biggest movies in modern pop culture - Star Wars, Marvel, DC - gives filmmakers the chance to tell huge stories on an epic canvas. They have the opportunity to reach global audiences of millions, and potentially, make a lot of money in the process. But as the Han Solo story proves, there’s also the possibility that a director can sink years of their lives into one of these projects, only for it all to fall apart. What is on one hand a huge opportunity could also be regarded as a poisoned chalice. »

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Han Solo Directors Were Fired, Will Ron Howard Take Over?

20 June 2017 9:58 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After more than four months of production, Lucasfilm officially announced that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the Han Solo: A Star Wars Story project in the midst of shooting, citing creative differences. As it turns out, Lord and Miller were fired by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. And on Monday, Kennedy released a statement stating that a replacement will be announced soon. The news came during a short hiatus, to review what had been shot so far, and to reportedly clear the air.

An inside source close to the Han Solo movie has told The Hollywood Reporter that the directors were let go for attempting to add too much humor into the character of Han Solo. Lord and Miller (21 Jumpstreet, The Lego Movie) come from a comedic background and seemed like an odd choice from the get go. The inside source added that "people need to understand that Han Solo is not a comedic personality. He's sarcastic and selfish." Something the two directors apparently didn't understand.

The inside source claims that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord were "blindsided" by their firing. The directors had relocated their families to London for the initial production of the project all the way through until now. But another anonymous source is disputing that bit of intel. It has been reported that the friction between the directors and Lucasfilm began almost immediately. But it was assumed that whatever differences there were, could be worked out over time. It has also been reported that Lord and Miller did not feel like they had total support from producer Allison Shearmur, Lucasfilm's acting representative on set for the project. In addition, the visions of the directors reportedly clashed with Lawrence Kasdan who wrote The Empire Strikes Back as well as the script for the Han Solo movie with his son, Joe Kasdan.

Apparently, Disney and Lucasfilm have already chosen a replacement and according to the sources, Ron Howard's name has come up a number of times, which could be an intriguing idea. Ron Howard has a history with Lucasfilm, and in 1988 he directed the fantasy adventure Willow for creator George Lucas, which many complained was a Star Wars rip-off. The other name that has popped up is Kasdan, which would make more sense, since he is so close to the project already. And he already has a rich history within the Star Wars universe. Not to mention he's directed a number of classic movies. It's clear that whoever steps in and takes over has quite a lot of work to do in order to keep the project moving forward.

Most of this information comes from anonymous sources, so the information should be taken as such. This is all current speculation as the news is still fresh. But it does not appear that Lucasfilm is intent on shutting down production for too much longer. Lucasfilm and Disney were in a similar situation, but a lot further down the line, when they took Gareth Edwards out from Rogue One at the last minute. They brought Tony Gilroy into rewrite and direct a large amount of reshoots to get the movie to fit in line with Lucasfilm's vision. The decision paid off well for both Disney and Lucasfilm since the movie went on to be a hit that was praised both by critics and most fans. The current news is not expected to affect the release of the movie on May 25th, 2018. More updates coming soon. »

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‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff: Lord & Miller Fired After Clashing With Kathleen Kennedy (Exclusive)

20 June 2017 6:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s reputation for writing irreverent, poppy films such as “21 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie” helped the white-hot writing and directing duo land one of the most coveted gigs in Hollywood — a chance to call the shots on a “Star Wars” film.

But their chance to put their stamp on a galaxy far, far away collapsed on Tuesday with the stunning announcement that the pair would be departing the still untitled Han Solo spin-off movie in the midst of production. Their exit comes after months of conflict with producer Kathleen Kennedy, others from her LucasFilm team, and co-writer and executive producer Lawrence Kasdan, and the two directors hired to infuse the “Star Wars” universe with a tongue-in-cheek sensibility. »

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‘The Great Wall’ Blu-ray 3D Review

16 June 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Pedro Pascal, Tian Jing, Andy Lau, Hanyu Zhang, Han Lu, Kenny Lin, Eddie Peng, Xuan Huang, Ryan Zheng | Written by Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, Tony Gilroy | Directed by Yimou Zhang

Magnificent, breath-taking spectacle. A glorious, gorgeous testament to mankind’s creativity. Looks really good in 3D. All of this and more can be used to describe The Great Wall of China. The Great Wall of filmmaker Zhang Yimou, however, is another thing entirely.

Following the intense furore surrounding the creation and marketing of The Great Wall, the film itself is here for all to see and judge. Erasure? White saviour trope: the movie? The Great Wall of China with a coat of whitewashing? As it turns out, not quite, but that’s not to say the movie is without its problems.

The great face of The Great Wall’s controversies is Matt Damon, cast as brooding mercenary William Garin. »

- Joel Harley

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Dan Gilroy’s Untitled Law Drama Sets Hugo Armstrong Opposite Denzel Washington

13 April 2017 2:53 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sony and Dan Gilroy’s untitled law drama has added Hugo Armstrong opposite Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell, according to a new report from Deadline.

The picture formerly known as Inner City will be written and directed by Dan Gilroy, who recently had a hand in the screenplay for Legendary reboot Kong: Skull Island. Indeed, Gilroy’s other screenwriting credits include The Bourne Legacy and the haunting Jake Gyllenhaal drama Nightcrawler, which nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay two years ago. It certainly makes for an eclectic mix of projects, and that has us all the more intrigued by Inner City Gilroy’s as-yet-untitled drama.

A brief synopsis relayed by Deadline confirms that the director’s latest creative venture centers on a “Los Angeles attorney by the name of Roman Israel (Denzel Washington) is offered a job at a prestigious law firm after the death of his longtime »

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Rogue One Easter Eggs Revealed in New Star Wars Video

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Last week, director Gareth Edwards revealed in a new interview that there are still several Rogue One Easter Eggs that have not been found yet. With this blockbuster now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD, many of these references will likely be discovered soon. To help fans on their Easter Egg hunt, LucasFilm released two new videos that reveal several of these hidden references. If you still haven't seen Rogue One yet, there will be plenty of Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.

LucasFilm debuted these two videos on their YouTube channel, which are entitled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Binding the Galaxy, where a narrator explains several of the Star Wars movie references throughout this spin-off. First off, there is a droid that in the background of a scene involving Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), with the narrator revealing that it is »

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New Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Videos Reveal More Easter Eggs

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Though on the surface it seemed to be very much its own film – and in many ways, it was – there were quite a few easter eggs in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that connected it to the franchise. Some were right there, out in the open, while others took repeat viewings to catch. Regardless, there were certainly a lot of them to be found and now, with the spinoff finally on Blu-ray, more and more nods, references and direct connections to the saga are being revealed.

Earlier this week, Lucasfilm released two new featurettes (seen below) focusing on Rogue One. While neither offer up anything terribly substantial, they do peel back the layers on a few easter eggs you »

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Rogue One Cast and Crew Talk Star Wars Secrets at Ilm

1 April 2017 10:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Star Wars fans can now enjoy Rogue One from the comforts of their couch as the first-ever Star Wars Story hit VOD last month before coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4. To celebrate, Ryan J. Downey headed to Ilm to meet up with some of the team behind this thrilling sci-fi adventure to explore new secrets and learn more details about the making of the latest Star Wars movie.

On hand to discuss this latest entry in the official Star Wars cinematic canon were Rogue One star Alan Tudyk, who plays K-2So in the movie, along with VFX Supervisor John Knoll, who created the story, and Animation Supervisor Hal Hickel. You can watch them discuss the movie at length in the exclusive video below.

Lucasfilm's Rogue One has definitely established its place within the Star Wars universe and the hearts of moviegoers, becoming »

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Blu-ray Review – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

31 March 2017 6:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 2016.

Directed by Gareth Edwards.

Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker.


The first standalone Star Wars movie is out in a Blu-ray + DVD + digital copy set that has an okay batch of bonus materials. If you’re hoping that the deleted footage from the various Rogue One trailers will make an appearance here, you’ll be disappointed.

I was looking forward to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story one even more than The Force Awakens. Like John Knoll, who pitched the movie to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and who shows up quite a bit in the bonus materials in this Blu-ray release, I was always intrigued by the theft of the Death Star plans that was mentioned in the scroll at the beginning of Star Wars.

The wide variety of ancillary stories that showed up in novels, »

- Brad Cook

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Riz Ahmed Talks Surprise ‘Rogue One’ Darth Vader Ending: ‘They Kept That From Us!’

28 March 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Rogue One’s exciting ending was even a surprise to its own cast!

Et recently sat down with actor Riz Ahmed ahead of the in-home release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story -- and since we can finally talk spoilers and surprises -- Ahmed was able to reveal more changes his character, Bodhi Rook, underwent over the course of filming.

“He was actually a totally different character -- he had a different name,” said Ahmed of first receiving the script. “His name was Bokan and he was Saw Gerrera’s chief engineer. He had been kidnapped from the Empire, but had been living with Saw Gerrera for like a decade.”

More: Watch Riz Ahmed’s Many ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Audition Tapes 

From there, Ahmed says the character, eventually known as Bodhi, continued to evolve thanks to contributions from himself, director Gareth Edwards and writer Tony Gilroy.

“We just kept »

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