Han Solo: A Star Wars Story

When Disney purchased LucasFilm – and with it, the Star Wars universe – from George Lucas, it was clear their plans didn’t just include a new trilogy (it did), but franchise building and expansion through spin-offs, prequels, TV shows (animated so far, live-action in the near future), novels, and comic books. It was, however briefly, an exciting time for longtime Star Wars fans, but Disney, guided by the corporate conservatism that puts a premium on low-risk, high-reward decision making over originality, creativity, and imagination, led first to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a wholly unnecessary, semi-satisfying prequel that explored the how, if not the why, a small group of rebels stole the Death Star’s plans from the fearsome Empire, and now, after the high-profile departure of co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie) and their almost immediate replacement by Oscar winning, hit-hunting Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13), Solo: A Star Wars Story, the Han Solo post-Revenge of the Sith and pre-A New Hope origin story we didn’t know we wanted or needed. Spoiler alert: Need or want aside, Solo: A Star Wars Story delivers everything we’ve come to love about the Star Wars universe: action, character, humor, and spectacle. (more…)

Ron Howard Gives Han Solo Movie Update

While Ron Howard, the new director of the untitled Star Wars Han Solo movie, is not widely known for his social media savvy, he’s setting new records for must-follow posts thanks to peak interested in the beleaguered production. Howard replaced directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller on this Star Wars Story in June when they were fired despite the fact that reportedly there were just a few weeks left in production, so Howard had to carry on, carry over, and carry under all those fan expectations in the wake of such surprising and disappointing news. But you know what? He says don’t worry.  (more…)

Alright folks, the time to panic has officially ended. And now it’s time to get back to work on the Han Solo film. So far at least one star has chimed in (Woody Harrelson) since the new changes, and it sounds like everything is going to be okay. Plus, thanks to a source over at TMZ, pics from the set (prior to the changes behind the scenes) were taken and it looks everything like the interior of a Han Solo movie should look like. More details after the jump.


It was almost a week about we first heard the news about the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the next Star Wars Story film. They were the chosen ones meant to bring about a kick-ass origin adventure for a young Han Solo, not leave big doubts about what kind of movie we’re supposed to get next May. Details have been changing with great frequency on this story, but a picture has certainly started forming about where the breakdown between the directors, the producers, and even one cast member, began. Is it the whole story? Who can say, but what we might be able to say is that big budget franchise filmmaking might not be for everyone.  (more…)

Oh what a week for Star Wars movies! To recap, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were unceremoniously fired from the untitled young Han Solo Star Wars Story, the next anthology movie to be released by Lucasfilm. Lord and Miller were rumoured to be clashing with Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan over the right interpretation of the main character, and the right kind of humour the film was supposed to contain, so after a long creative struggle dating back to pre-production, the directors were out. Now, Ron Howard is in and ready to finish the job, and he’s finally said some words about the matter. (more…)

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? (more…)