With last night‘s shocking news about the abrupt exit of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story still reverberating, Lucasfilm is obviously moving quickly to get the film back on track. It’s pretty unusual for directors on a big studio film to back up and leave this far into the production process, especially over “creative differences”, because there’s already a version of the film under those filmmakers that is coming to fruition. So who might step in to fill the void? How about some trusted names from Lucasfilm’s past?
Borys Kit from The Hollywood Reporter posted this tweet last night:
Ron Howard is one of the director I'm hearing that could step in to direct the Han Solo movie. Other names: Lawrence Kasdan & Joe Johnston.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) June 21, 2017
In modern terms, these are fairly unusual choices. Ron Howard has a record with Lucasfilm having once been the director of Willow, the 1988 fantasy film that was developed and executive produced by George Lucas. Since then though, Howard has become prestige name in Hollywood as an award-winning producer and director including the Oscar in 2002 for A Beautiful Mind. To see his name on a short list for a project like this, under these circumstances, is kind of, well, surprising.
Joe Johnston, meanwhile, has a long and involved history with Lucasfilm starting out as an illustrator and designer with Industrial Light & Magic on the original Star Wars trilogy, where he, among other things, created the iconic Boba Fett armour. He’s been his own director for a long-time and has ably stepped into big-budget franchises before in the case of Jurassic Park III and Captain America: The First Avenger.
By far though, Lawrence Kasdan may be the most likely first choice. Kasdan not only co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens, but he wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay for the Han Solo origins film. So if there’s someone who can best step in this late in the game and carry the proverbial ball through to the end zone, it’s likely going to be Kasdan.
Sources are saying that the movie had only three more weeks of filming left in it, so this really is crunch time for the production, and Lucasfilm is too far along to call it quits and cut all losses. These are going to be a very interesting couple of days for Star Wars news.
The Han Solo movie is still scheduled for release on May 25, 2018. For now…
Source: Cinema Blend