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Kelly Lynch Turned Down Sharon Stone's Iconic Basic Instinct Role — Why She Says 'I Don't Regret a Bit of That'

21 July 2017 10:40 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Kelly Lynch knows why she was cast in 1988’s Cocktail.

“It was one of those parts that models get because my audition was various bikinis,” the actress, whose background was in modeling and children’s theater, tells People.

After acting opposite Tom Cruise, she got steamy with Patrick Swayze in 1989’s Road House. “To do your first two films with Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise, who are both — were, in Patrick’s case — really amazing sweet and kind, guys, I loved working with both of them,” says Lynch, now 58. “They were really, really fun.”

But it wasn’t until the »

- Dana Rose Falcone

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Sdcc: Howard the Duck, Iron Duck and Carnom come to Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

20 July 2017 4:01 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We’ll be getting a brand new trailer for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 this Friday, but in the meantime we’ve got our first in-game look at three of the character set to feature in the sequel in Howard the Duck, Iron Duck and Carnom, which as you can probably guess is Venom and Carnage fused together!

See Also: Lego Marvel Super Heroes Deluxe Edition brings the Classic Guardians of the Galaxy

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new, epic adventure and sequel to the smash hit, Lego Marvel Super Heroes. This original branching storyline, co-written by comic book veteran Kurt Busiek, transports players into a cosmic battle across a myriad of Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis. Packed with signature Lego humor for fans of all ages, gamers will go head-to-head with the time-travelling Kang the Conqueror through Ancient Egypt, »

- Gary Collinson

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T.I. Gives Advice to Rob Kardashian After He Claimed Rapper Paid to Have a Threesome With Blac Chyna

9 July 2017 1:50 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

T.I. has some words for Rob Kardashian.

After Kardashian accused T.I. of paying to have a threesome with Blac Chyna and his wife, Tiny, during the reality star's now infamous social media rant, the rapper responded in a video over the weekend.

Watch: Blac Chyna Intends to Take Legal Action Against Rob Kardashian Following Social Media Blowout Feud

"Don't tell women's business. That's bad. That's very, very bad. It's poor character," the rapper told TMZ at Lax on Saturday. 

He later got more explicit, joking that Kardashian will now have trouble trying to get into relationships in the future.

"If a woman entrusts you man, and confides in you, man, with secrets and stuff like that, you don't ever let that -- you don't do that," he said.  "You don't do that, you know what I'm saying? Our secrets are sacred. We don't do that. That's a whole level of f**k boy sh*t. I »

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Should Superhero Movies Be Light or Dark?

8 July 2017 10:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The answer, I hope we can agree, is obvious: Superhero movies should be light. And dark. And everything in between. There’s no rule or formula, no one-cape-and-spandex-suit-fits-all way to do it. Yet when I go into a new comic-book superhero movie, even though I know that it’s a franchise product designed to sell tickets (and toys) around the globe, and that it’s now just a small piece in a larger “universe,” I have a prejudice, or at least a stubborn desire, and it is this: I want it to be great. Not just okay, not just “a respectable sequel” or a diverting time-passer, but something that sweeps you up and leaves an indelible imprint, the way that the greatest comic-book movies have done.

A lot of people seem to feel that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” delivers on that promise. I’d say it’s a perfectly decent reboot/Marvel fable (though not as exciting as the »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Wild, Dangerous, Imperfect, Wounded Grandeur: 18 Double Features About America

2 July 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The United States is “my country, right or wrong,” of course, and I consider myself a patriotic person, but I’ve never felt that patriotism meant blind fealty to the idea of America’s rightful dominance over global politics or culture, and certainly not to its alleged preferred status on God’s short list of favored nations, or that allegiance to said country was a license to justify or rationalize every instance of misguided, foolish, narrow-minded domestic or foreign policy.

In 2012, when this piece was first posted, it seemed like a good moment to throw the country’s history and contradictions into some sort of quick relief, and the most expedient way of doing that for me was to look at the way the United States (and the philosophies at its core) were reflected in the movies, and not just the ones which approached the country head-on as a subject. »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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8 Great Comic Book Characters That Haven’t Made Live-Action Appearances

29 June 2017 2:56 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If you’re a comic book fan and you aren’t happy to be alive right now, you’re doing this life thing completely wrong. Why shouldn’t you be screaming from the rafters about the latest live-action comic book movies starring a host of your favorite characters? It’s like constant euphoria all the time.

Even though we’re living in the era of comic book everything, not all of the satisfaction boxes have been ticked, because there are still too many great characters that we’ve yet to see in the live-action universes. Undoubtedly, they’ll probably find their way onto TV or film at some point in time, but there are 8 characters in particular that should’ve made their silver-screen debuts a long, long time ago. I mean, Howard the Duck has appeared in three films already, including a horrendous solo film, so there’s simply no »

- Sergio Pereira

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All 47 Marvel Movies Ranked From Worst to Best, Including ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (Photos)

29 June 2017 12:16 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

We’re in the 30th year of theatrically released adaptations of Marvel Comics properties, making it as good a time as any to rank ‘em all, from “Howard the Duck” to the this year’s very personal “Logan,” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s  “Spider-Man: Homecoming” 47. “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” It’s just a nightmare. A total nightmare. There have been a bunch of bad superhero movies, but this one transcends bad. 46. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” A totally chaotic stir fry of nonsense that tells the story of how Wolverine got his claws. Features a version of Deadpool »

- Phil Owen

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What Does George Lucas Think of Ron Howard Directing Han Solo?

28 June 2017 3:37 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

George Lucas isn't known for mincing words. And he doesn't hold back from speaking his mind. He hasn't shied away from saying what he truly likes or dislikes about the new Star Wars franchise since he sold it off to Disney back in 2012. While he's never really admitted to liking J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens, he did say he enjoyed Rogue One quite a bit. While he won't comment on the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, he did tell TMZ exactly how he fells about Ron Howard coming into replace them. He open and honestly says this.

"I think he'll be great."

As fans know, Ron Howard worked as the lead actor in George Lucas' second big screen feature American Graffiti. And Howard, who has become an Oscar-winning director in the forty years since that movie hit big at the box office, »

- MovieWeb

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James Gunn Dispels Rumors He’s Producing A ‘Howard The Duck’ Movie For Marvel

28 June 2017 10:23 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director James Gunn put to rest social media rumors this morning that he will produce a Howard the Duck movie for Marvel. The classic comic-book character is a favorite of Gunn’s, with Howard making cameos in both Gotg films. But in regards to producing, Gunn tweeted today: There is No Howard the Duck movie at the present time. There are a lot of comic characters I love but I'm not making films of them all.… »

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The Week in Star Wars – Everything you need to know about Lord and Miller, Ron Howard and Han Solo

25 June 2017 2:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s a special edition of The Week in Star Wars following the shock news from the Han Solo spin-off movie, along with some bits from The Last Jedi, Episode IX and more…

Before we kick things off, The Week in Star Wars celebrated it’s second birthday this week.

Thanks to everyone who has read any edition over the last two years

So, let’s talk about Han Solo. Although the event took place as early as Monday, it was revealed on Tuesday that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been fired from the Han Solo spin-off movie. The films had been in production since February, and all reports suggest that there are still four or so weeks left of shooting, with five weeks of planned re-shoots. “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that »

- Luke Owen

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Ron Howard Promises to Honor Han Solo Work Already Finished

23 June 2017 9:35 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just one day after Ron Howard officially signed on to direct LucasFilm's Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the filmmaker speaks out about taking this coveted job for the first time. Howard appeared at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference in France today, after officially coming in to replace departing Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were fired by LucasFilm over vast creative differences. Here's what Ron Howard had to say at the conference earlier today.

"It's a little opportunity that came my way. I've been a fan forever. It's gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the Star Wars universe."

Variety reports that Ron Howard has already started working on the Han Solo spin-off, with production scheduled to resume on July 10. There are already five weeks of reshoots built into the schedule that will take place later on this year at an unspecified date. Here's what he had to say about the material that has already been shot for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.

"So many people involved in the Star Wars franchise are friends. It's already been in production, and there's a lot of really great work there."

The director also spoke about how director George Lucas discussed his plans for a "fun sci-fi film," while he was starring in the filmmaker's American Graffiti alongside the actor who would go on to become Han Solo, Harrison Ford. The director added that, when the first Star Wars movie came out on May 25, 1977, he waited in line for over two hours to see the film with his wife. Since they were both so inspired after seeing the movie, they got back in line and waited another 90 minutes to see the movie again. Ron Howard also took to Twitter last night, to release a statement about taking over on this highly-anticipated project.

"I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77. I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film."

Aside from "creative differences," no further explanation was given for Lord and Miller's departure, although there were reports that the directors were portraying Han Solo as a "comedic personality," which didn't sit well with Kathleen Kennedy. Other sources claimed there was friction immediately between the filmmakers, who were reportedly surprised they weren't given the same level of creative freedom they have enjoyed throughout their careers. Regardless, Ron Howard now has to step in and try to put together a movie that will make Star Wars fans proud, with LucasFilm keeping the May 25, 2018 release date.

After it was announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller would be leaving the project, with reportedly just a few weeks left in production, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that a director would be announced soon. Ron Howard was mentioned as the front runner within hours of Lord and Miller's departure, while other candidates were mentioned such as Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote the Han Solo: A Star Wars Story script with his son Jon Kasdan, and Joe Johnston, who started his career working on visual effects for the first three Star Wars movies. Take a look at Ron Howard's tweets below, as we wait for more details on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.

I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017

I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017 »

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Ron Howard On His Star Wars Experience & Joining The Han Solo Film

23 June 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

Earlier this week saw the departure of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the director’s chair of Han Solo, and the arrival of Oscar-winning helmer Ron Howard. To call the situation unexpected would be a vast understatement, but now that things have settled down a bit, it sounds like the production is ready to move forward in July. 

As expected when replacing the helmers in such a high profile way, Howard has been a bit on the quiet side. He took to Twitter to express his general excitement with the project, but as far as public statements go, he didn’t even say anything in the official announcement from Lucasfilm.

However, while appearing at the Palais stage at Cannes Lions (via Deadline), he touched upon his new gig, and the experience he’s had with the franchise since its beginnings.

“I’ve been around the Star Wars universe from the beginning. »

- Joseph Medina

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Ron Howard talks about his new job – directing the Han Solo movie

23 June 2017 7:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

He was confirmed to have bagged the job just yesterday after a flurry of rumours and now Ron Howard has spoken out about working on the in-production Star Wars spin-off Han Solo. The legendary filmmaker spoke with Variety about working with Lucasfilm, as well as taking to social media to share some initial thoughts.

“It’s a little opportunity that came my way,” Howard told the trade. “I’ve been a fan forever. It’s gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the [Star Wars] universe. So many people involved in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise are friends. It’s already been in production, and there’s a lot of really great work there.”

Here’s what he had to say on Twitter.

I’m beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017

I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017

The directing job on the Han Solo movie, which has been shooting for just under five months, came because Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the project at the start of the week over ‘creative differences’.

Of course Howard has worked with Lucasfilm before – acting in George Lucas’s 1970s movie America Graffiti, and then directing the cult classic Willow in the 80s.

The Han Solo movie is still scheduled to be released in May 2018. Whether that will change due to the recent developments remains to be seen. We’ll obviously keep you posted.

The post Ron Howard talks about his new job – directing the Han Solo movie appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Paul Heath

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Watch Ron Howard Talk ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie, Joke About ‘Trumped’ Musical (Video)

23 June 2017 5:25 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Just one day after taking the reins of the “Star Wars” Han Solo movie after the abrupt firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Ron Howard appeared at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity to discuss his love of the franchise and other topics. “I’ve been a fan forever,” Howard told Wpp founder Martin Sorrell on stage Friday. “It’s gratifying to lend my voice to the ‘Star Wars’ universe now.” The actor-turned-director first met “Star Wars” creator George Lucas as the star of Lucas’ previous movie, “American Graffiti,” and he recalled taking his wife, Cheryl, to wait in a two-hour. »

- Thom Geier

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Ron Howard on ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Directing Gig: ‘I’ve Been a Fan Forever’

23 June 2017 4:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ron Howard, freshly tasked with taking over directing the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff movie, said he’s been around the space-epic franchise from the very beginning — and that he’s ready to immerse himself deeply into studying “Star Wars” lore.

“I’ve been a fan forever,” said Howard, speaking Friday at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference. “It’s gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the [Star Wars] universe.”

Disney’s Lucasfilm on Thursday officially tapped Howard to finish making the movie, after studio president Kathleen Kennedy fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller this week because the duo were seen as overstepping their remit by going off-script with comedic touches.

“It’s a little opportunity that came my way,” Howard said when initially asked about the “Star Wars” job by panel moderator Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of Wpp.

Howard recalled that in 1972, George Lucas told him about his plans for a “fun” sci-fi film, incorporating special effects like those used in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” when Howard was appearing as an actor in Lucas’ “American Graffiti” (which also featured Harrison Ford, who went on to play Han Solo).


Ron Howard to Take Over as Director of ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff

When “Star Wars” came out, on opening day Howard said he and his wife, Cheryl, went to go see it — and they stood in line for two hours to get in. “I was so moved by the movie,” he said. “I was transported by the movie… We literally left almost speechless.” They decided to see it again, and waited another 90 minutes in line.

Shooting on the “Star Wars” Han Solo movie was three-fourths completed when Lord and Miller were given the boot. Howard has already begun work on the project, with shooting set to resume July 10. The movie was already scheduled for five weeks of re-shoots later in 2017.

“So many people involved in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise are friends,” Howard said. “It’s already been in production, and there’s a lot of really great work there.”

Howard appeared on stage at the Palais des Festivals’ Lumiere Theatre here with Wpp’s Sorrell and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. (Howard and Kraft were previously scheduled to appear at a post-panel press conference but only Sorrell showed up.)


Han Solo Firing: Will Ron Howard Share Directing Credit With Lord & Miller?

Sorrell’s Wpp is an investor in Imagine Entertainment, the production company co-founded and run by Howard and Brian Grazer. With the infusion of $100 million from Raine Group last year, Howard said the company is planning to expand beyond TV and film into branded-content work.

“That’s one of the reasons I’m here [at Cannes Lions],” Howard said. “The next iteration of Imagine, the one we hope goes forward and beyond us, is all about storytelling.”

Asked by Sorrell about their thoughts on President Trump, Kraft declined to comment while Howard chimed in with this: “I’m really hopeful that when this presidency is dramatized years from now, it is as a lovely, hilarious Broadway musical called ‘Trumped.'”

Also on the panel, Kraft commented on the process of picking high-quality talent while looking for people who can check their ego at the door.

“We’re in an ego-driven business — and when we’re doing well, the question is, who gets the credit?” Kraft said. He added, however, “You have to put up with a certain amount of nonsense… People who are really talented, off the charts, are different.”

Sorrell quipped: “We have no egos in the advertising business. We don’t even know how to spell ‘ego.'”

Howard, in his 30-plus years as a filmmaker, has made more than 50 movies including “Night Shift,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “Parenthood,” “Backdraft,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which won four Academy Awards including for best director and best picture. However, his more recent films, including “Inferno,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Rush” and “The Dilemma,” have fared poorly at the box office.

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- Todd Spangler

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[Updated] Star Wars: Ron Howard Steps In To Direct Han Solo Movie

22 June 2017 5:08 PM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

Update 2: Ron Howard took to Twitter to make a statement regarding his stepping in to finish the Han Solo film.

I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017

I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017

Update 1: Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has since made the following announcement regarding Howard joining the project, including a reveal of when production will resume:

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and »

- Joseph Medina

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Ron Howard confirmed as director on Han Solo feature

22 June 2017 3:24 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director assumes reins following departure of Phil Lord, Christopher Miller.

Lucasfilm has confirmed Ron Howard will take over as director on the untitled Han Solo film and production will resume on July 10 after a brief hiatus.

The development comes two days after Lucasfilm fired directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the Star Wars spin-off due to what was understood to be creative differences.

The film, which had begun production in the UK, will still open on May 25, 2018. Alden Ehrenreich plays Solo in the origins story. The cast includes Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. »

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Filming On Han Solo To Resume Next Month As Kathleen Kennedy Welcomes Ron Howard On Board

22 June 2017 12:04 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Disney is ready to stick a fork in Han Solo‘s recent production woes.

After parting ways with Phil Lord and Chris Miller due to creative differences, the Mouse House quickly drafted in Ron Howard to take the reins on its second Star Wars Anthology pic. A May 2018 release date remains intact, and Entertainment Weekly has now relayed an official statement from Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, in which the franchise veteran reveals that filming is expected to resume on July 10th.

That lends the Oscar-winning Howard two-and-a-half weeks to suss out the finer details, which will include meeting with the film’s ensemble cast – namely Alden Ehrenreich (Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), Woody Harrelson (?), and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke (?) – to identify what still needs to be done before the Han Solo spinoff can begin its journey toward post-production.

Surely Howard’s first port of call will be to steer the movie back toward Lawrence and Jon Kasdan’s original script. In the aftermath of Lord and Miller’s departure, it’s been claimed The Lego Movie filmmakers decided to deviate from the screenplay multiple times in order to add more spontaneous comedy, pushing the relationship between director and studio “from strained to fractured.”

After four weeks of filming, it seems Disney and Lucasfilm ultimately decided to side with the Kasdans, and in her official statement, Kathleen Kennedy declared that she’s fully confident that the Han Solo movie is now in the right hands.

At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.

Without any official Han Solo material out in the open – barring that group photo of Lord and Miller in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon – and therefore nothing to compare between the two versions, it’ll be difficult to gauge how Ron Howard’s style affects the final product. But with filming due to recommence on July 10th, that original May 25th, 2018 release date seems to be safe…for now. »

- Michael Briers

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Ron Howard Announced as Han Solo Director Two Days After Lord and Miller Firing

22 June 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

That was fast! The untitled Han Solo movie already has its new director.

Just two days after it was announced Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the Star Wars standalone project, Lucasfilm announced Thursday morning Oscar-winning director Ron Howard is officially stepping in to direct.

"I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77," Howard tweeted on Thursday, adding, "I hope to honor the great »

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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.

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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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