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Star Wars Boss Explains Why Han Solo Movie Directors Were Fired

Star Wars Boss Explains Why Han Solo Movie Directors Were Fired

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she says, "I think these guys are hilarious, but they come from a background of animation and sketch comedy and when you are making these movies you can do that and there's plenty of room for improvisation, we do that all the time, but it has to be inside of a highly structured process or you can't get the work done and you can't move the armies of people to anticipate and have things ready". Soon enough, Lucasfilm announced that Ron Howard had signed on to take over directing duties on Solo and that filming would resume just a few weeks later.

How much of the movie do you think will be from Phil Lord and Chris Miller? In the end, we shouldn't really be able to tell the difference anyway. "I don't really want to be specific about that because, again, I don't even want that to matter to fans", he says. However the director was tight-lipped about the workload distribution and chose to (incorrectly) quote Han Solo by saying, "As Han says, Don't tell me the percentages".

No matter how Solo: A Star Wars Story eventually turns out, there'll always be the nagging question of what it could have been.

Cute butchering of the original Han Solo quote aside, Howard's got a point regarding the movie's construction.

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Ron Howard was also asked about his decision to take over on Solo. And I think both Chris and Phil are enormously talented and incredibly amusing.

When Lucas sold LucasFilm to Disney for a little over $4 billion, fans thought that was him done with corrupting their childhood memories of their favourite movies of all time, but we've got some bad news for you.

Lucas, who worked with Howard on 1973's American Graffiti, paid a visit to the Solo set on the director's first day. "But 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 past year".

He continued, "It's disappointing that any company ever feels like they have to make a change like that". There's still some negativity surrounding the movie, but as more information is teased, that negativity begins to dissipate a bit, leading to more curiosity and excitement. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and risky criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes.


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