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Star Wars: Han Solo - Ron Howard is the new director

20 June 2017 10:23 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Ryan Lambie Jun 23, 2017

Disney and Lucasfilm are moving quickly to replace Lord and Miller on Star Wars: Han Solo, and Ron Howard's stepped in...

Update: Unsurprisingly, Disney-Lucasfilm haven't wasted any time in replacing Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who were let go from the production of the forthcoming Star Wars spin off based on Han Solo earlier this week.

Reports circled at the time that director Ron Howard was in talks to take on the troubled project, and The Hollywood Reporter is now saying that Howard has formally signed up. Lucasfilm haven't made an official announcement about the deal yet, but THR adds that a statement is due to be put out on Thursday morning, Los Angeles time.

In fact, since we first wrote the paragraphs above, Ron Howard has sent the following Tweet, confirming he's taking the job...

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

Lord and Miller had already shot approximately five months worth of footage at the time of their departure, and with the shoot nearing completion, it's not currently clear how much more work there is to do on the as-yet untitled Han Solo movie. The word is that the producers' vision for the film didn't align with Lord and Miller's (both parties cited "creative differences" for their break-up); Howard's job will, therefore, presumably be to bring the existing film closer to Lucasfilm's expectations.

Whether the movie will still meet its 25th May 2018 release date is also currently unclear; as ever, we'll bring you more on this as we get it.

Our original story follows...

Lucasfilm is looking to move fast to fill the director’s chair on Star Wars: Han Solo, following the shock decision to fire Christopher Miller and Phil Lord from the movie. The pair left the movie earlier this week, and creative differences have been strongly cited from all sides. It sounds like that may be the case too.

In terms of who is going to step in, especially at relatively short notice, a list has come together. Depending on who you believe, the lead candidate is either Ron Howard or Lawrence Kasdan.

Kasdan certainly seems the best positioned, having co-written the movie and also reportedly being a part of the creative conflicts that led to Miller and Lord departing the project. He’ll certainly know the material inside out, although he’s only directed two films in the last 15 years. It does seem clear though that Lucasfilm is backing his vision of the film.

Deadline, though, reckons Ron Howard is the frontrunner, even though he’s also in the midst of developing a feature documentary on Luciano Pavarotti. Howard would be the kind of experienced pair of hands that the studio is presumably looking for, given how far into production the Han Solo movie is.

Joe Johnston has also been mentioned, but he’s deep in development of the Narnia movie reboot, The Silver Chair.

Disney is expected to make its decision quickly, and the film remains on a break until the new director is brought in. More as we hear it… »

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Chronicles Of Narnia: next film to start brand new trilogy

22 May 2017 10:31 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew May 23, 2017

The Silver Chair director Joe Johnston on where the Narnia movie series is heading next...

We learned a little while back that Joe Johnston, of Captain America: The First Avenger and Jumanji vintage, is to direct the reboot of the Narnia film series. He’s set to start work on The Silver Chair in earnest this year.

He’s also, though, via his YouTube account, begun answering questions about the movie and his plans for it. And in there is some new information.

With thanks to Den Of Geek reader Andrew Martin for alerting us to this, Johnston confirms in the Q&A that The Silver Chair is a full reboot of the movie series. “Everything is new”, he says. “This is the beginning of a brand-new trilogy. We will make reference to characters and events in the other films as the book does, but think of »

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Best of the Week: 'Unbreakable' Sequel Greenlit, Jeff Goldblum Joins 'Jurassic World 2' and More

28 April 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Important News Superhero Movie Sequels: Unbreakable sequel Glass will arrive in 2019. Jurassic World: Jeff Goldblum will be back as Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World 2. Marvel Cinematic Universe: Brie Larson said Captain Marvel is everything she cares about. Star Wars: Sam Esmail might write the solo Obi-Wan spinoff. Star Wars IX received a May 2019 release date. Rian Johnson won't be writing Star Wars IX. X-Men: Fox confirmed the title Dark Phoenix and scheduled it for next year. Narnia: Joe Johnston will direct the Narnia reboot The Silver Chair. Disney Remakes: Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner may join the live-action The Lion King. Ewan McGregor will play the grown-up...

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Movie News: Ewan McGregor Eyed for Disney's 'Christopher Robin'; 'Captain America' Director to Helm 'Narnia: The Silver Chair'

27 April 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Christopher Robin: Ewan McGregor (American Pastoral, above) is in talks to star in Disney's Christopher Robin. The live-action movie tells the story of the boy from Winnie the Pooh, now grown up and with a family and troubles of his own. Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures) has been hired to write a new version of the screenplay. Marc Forster (World War Z) is set to direct. [THR]   Narnia: The Silver Chair: Last year we heard that the next installment of The Chronicles of Narnia fantasy series about children and a gateway to a magical kingdom would be part of a "brand new franchise." Now Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger; Jurassic Park III, above) has been tapped to direct Narnia: The Silver Chair, based on a script by David Magee (Life of...

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Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair Gets Captain America Director

27 April 2017 11:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After announcing last year that the Chronicles of Narnia franchise will be "restarted" with the new movie The Silver Chair, the producers have finally found their director. Joe Johnston has signed on to direct this fantasy adventure, marking his first movie since the 2014 thriller Not Safe For Work. No cast members have been set at this time, but this story will feature characters from the original C.S. Lewis novels, who haven't been featured in any of the previous movies.

Variety broke the news today, which comes eight months after producer Mark Gordon joined forces with Sony's TriStar Pictures, eOne and The C.S. Lewis Company for this restart. David Magee came aboard to write the screenplay in 2013, although the studios haven't set a release date or a production start date at this time quite yet. Here's what producer Mark Gordon had to say about bringing Joe Johnston in to direct The Silver Chair. »

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Joe Johnston to direct The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair

27 April 2017 2:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It seems The Chronicles of Narnia fans will soon be heading back through the wardrobe. Variety has revealed that Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston is set to direct a revival of the Narnia film franchise with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.

Life of Pi‘s screenwriter David Magee has adapted the script with TriStar Pictures, the Mark Gordon Company, the C.S. Lewis Company and Entertainment One partnering on the project and Mark Gordon, Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber and Melvin Adams producing the film.

The fourth book published in the Narnia franchise, The Silver Chair is about the Pevensie’s cousin Eustace Scrubb, who is called to Narnia by Aslan to save Prince Rilian, the kidnapped child of Prince Caspian.

“Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces,” Gordon said of Johnston’s hiring. »

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‘Captain America’ Director Joe Johnston Boards ‘Narnia’ Revival ‘The Silver Chair’ (Exclusive)

26 April 2017 4:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Captain America: The First Avenger” helmer Joe Johnston will journey to “Narnia: The Silver Chair,” a revival of C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” series.

TriStar Pictures will partner with the Mark Gordon Company, the C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One on the project with Mark Gordon, Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams producing the pic. “Life of Pi” scribe David Magee adapted the script.

“Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces,” Gordon said. “Because C.S. Lewis’ story is iconic and epic, but also tender, personal, and emotional, he’s the perfect choice to bring ‘The Silver Chair’ to the screen.”

The “Narnia” franchise’s three films — “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” and “The Voyage of the Dawn »

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