It’s completely understandable for fans to have a bad feeling about the impending arrival Solo: A Star Wars Story given the issues that have appeared surrounding it. As well as having only just seen the first trailer to what should be a certifiable blockbuster of 2018 merely four months before release, there’s also that highly reported change of hands that occurred when Ron Howard took over directing duties from Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
When the keys to the Millenium Falcon were passed to Howard – already a member of the Lucasfilm alumni – worries were on red alert at just how much he’d be reshooting, and what of Miller and Lord’s Solo would be getting thrown into hyperspace. Thankfully, the man himself has shared a few details recently on just what the job entailed, whilst still playing coy about the whole thing.
“I know Chris and Phil. They’re incredibly talented guys, and all anyone at Imagine Entertainment wants to do is find a way to work with Chris and Phil, and that’s every bit as much the case today as ever.”
Imagine Entertainment is Howard’s co-founded company that at the time already had a few plates being spun before a special Solo one was applied to the lineup. Understandably it was one that the director took great consideration in accepting.
“When I learned that this change was happening, it just came in a moment where I was working on lots of new projects for Imagine, and I had not planned to direct anything last year. So then this came my way, and I was talking to Kathy, and the now tragically late Alli Shearmur, an old friend. I was reluctant, but I also began to feel that I could help”.
Though he may have finally taken on the job and accepted what many other directors have struggled with in the past (Justice League is just such a recent and ill-fated example), Howard also expressed his understanding of just how decisions such as this get made. He also offered some reassurance at just how much the original directing pair’s handiwork is littered throughout Solo, whilst still keeping quiet about how much of it is his.
“It’s rough on everybody and disappointing for everybody, and I’ve just tried to come in and — of course, Phil and Chris’s fingerprints are all over the movie, given how much they put into it and the time they put into it. I hope fans won’t even think about how the movie was made. They should just lose themselves in it”.
Well, we certainly won’t have long to wait with Solo: A Star Wars Story touching down in cinemas this May. Directed by Howard, the film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
What do you think? Will Howard’s Solo effort do the job, or are you prepping for a petition to see the Miller/Lord cut already? Share your thoughts.