Han Solo movie director? Who could replace the departed Lord & Miller? We throw some options into the ring.
We reported very early this morning that Phil Lord
and Chris Miller
had sadly left the in-production Star Wars
spin-off movie based around the character of Han Solo. It’s a great shame as the work that the duo have done on the likes of The Lego Movie
and the ‘Jump Street’ films seemed to fit the world of Han Solo perfectly. Our Han Solo movie director choices are below.
Lord & Miller’s leaving of the project as it was shooting here in London was a surprise, and supposedly due to those dastardly creative differences that dog many productions as creatives and execs butt heads. While this is clearly nobody’s fault in particular, it’s a big problem for the studio as production delays lead to big costs, and a new director will need to be found pretty darned quickly.
The film is actually months into production in London, and we’re already hearing rumblings that Ron Howard
is being closely tied with the project. While his involvement could be confirmed (or denied) any minute, we thought we’d take a look at who could possibly replace Lord and Miller on the Han Solo movie and fit the mould that this particular kind of film craves.Ron Howard
Han Solo movie director: Ron Howard
Let’s kick off with the name that is already being associated with the movie. Ron Howard
seems like a very safe choice to take the directing reigns on the project, and he’s obviously an accomplished filmmaker more than capable of guiding a film that is part-way through production home. Howard
has many big-scale projects in his back catalogue; from the likes of the Robert Langdon trilogy; The Da Vinci Code
, Angels & Demons and last year’s Inferno
, 2015’s In The Heart Of The Sea
and How The Grinch Stole Christmas
, to more intimate affairs such as A Beautiful Mind
. Let’s not forget, he has a huge history of comedic movies too, hailing all the way back to Parenthood
in the 1990s, Matthew McConaughey
, and more recently The Dilemma
Of course, Howard
’s biggest asset from his back-catalogue is his ties with George Lucas
with the fantastical cult hit Willow
. With his affiliation and previous history with the studio, the fact that he is currently free (despite having some commitments to a biopic on opera star Luciano Pavarotti
) and his amazing film-making skill, his involvement is a dead cert – as long as the terms are right, of course.Lawrence Kasdan
Han Solo movie director: Lawrence Kasdan
With the project many months into production and development having kicked off well over twelve months ago, it may be important to bring someone in who knows the film inside out, and there’s nobody who knows it more that its screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan
. Kasdan also wrote Star Wars
movies The Empire Strikes Back
, Return Of The Jedi
, The Force Awakens, so his familiarity with the franchise is unparalleled. With eleven credits to his name as director, Kasdan is also an accomplished filmmaker with a steep history in the western genre over the years, so he could be a good fit.
Kasdan has already proved he can direct grand scale movies (Wyatt Earp
) as well as comedies (The Big Chill
), and although he hasn’t helmed a film since 2012, he could step out of the gates and own this one completely.
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