Ron Howard Officially Takes Over Directing the 'Han Solo' Movie

Thursday, 22 June 2017 - 11:27AM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Han Solo
Thursday, 22 June 2017 - 11:27AM
Ron Howard Officially Takes Over Directing the 'Han Solo' Movie
Image credit: Lucasfilm, Disney
It's official—after rumors pegged A Beautiful Mind director Ron Howard for the job of taking over the Han Solo movie, The Hollywood Reporter has now confirmed that yes, Lucasfilm has got Howard on board. Everything is planned to carry on with the movie as before, except a brand-new face is going to be sitting in the director's chair.

Considering the speedy turnaround in choosing a new director, it's unlikely that Lucasfilm has selected Howard based on his own unique vision for the project. Howard's primary appeal is that he's available, and Disney wants someone to be working on this movie immediately in order to get it finished. So how much should we expect Howard to actually impact the movie, if most of principal photography is already finished and he's only been selected so that Lucasfilm can finish things up before aiming to fix the movie in post-production?

That all depends on just how unhappy Lucasfilm is with what former directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have already shot. The studio must have, at some point, agreed with the direction that Lord and Miller were taking, so it's worth assuming that Howard won't be expected to completely redefine the project and start over.

While rumors bounce around about what exactly caused the "creative differences" that saw Miller and Lord exit the project, Lucasfilm clearly saw enough good stuff in production to not cancel filming entirely—they were more concerned with carrying on as normal in order to avoid losing money, as evidenced by the speedy appointment of Howard.

Besides, Lucasfilm is a studio that's had a lot of practice over the years at completely redefining movies during the edit, thanks both to reshoots, and, of course, digital trickery. Back when George Lucas was in charge, pretty much everything revolved around the ethos that a movie's story and structure is always fluid, as deleted scenes from the prequels prove in no uncertain terms.



With any luck, Ron Howard won't be expected to steer Han Solo in a completely new direction—he'll simply paper up the cracks, take out whatever stuff Lucasfilm wasn't happy with that Lord and Miller refused to part with, and call the project good.

The Han Solo anthology film is set to release on May 25th, 2018.
Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Movies
Star Wars
Star Wars: Han Solo
No