Reports Claim the 'Han Solo' Movie Was Derailed Because Lord and Miller Ignored the Script

Monday, 26 June 2017 - 2:42PM
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Star Wars: Han Solo
Monday, 26 June 2017 - 2:42PM
Reports Claim the 'Han Solo' Movie Was Derailed Because Lord and Miller Ignored the Script
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The plot thickens in the ongoing story of the Han Solo movie, as the creative implosion that took place on set is revealed in ever more graphic detail. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the directors' improvisational style ended up stalling production, as the pair ended up filming very slowly to accommodate for a variety of different takes, making life difficult for Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and producer Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan apparently was unimpressed that Lord and Miller were trying out improvised dialogue at all, being annoyed that his screenplay was being ignored in favor of off-the-cuff material.

It gets worse, though—apparently Kennedy was underwhelmed with new Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich and insisted on hiring an acting coach to try and tease out a better performance, while Kasdan flew personally to the set to provide a third director's voice—something that Lord and Miller were naturally less than thrilled about.




There's something about all of this, though, that doesn't add up. The challenge of a slow production schedule, with multiple takes on each scene that deviate from the script, sounds very familiar—it's the same reason that director Gareth Edwards gave as to why there were so many reshoots for Rogue One. Edwards claimed that the movie was shot like a documentary, with multiple versions of each scene and the narrative only coming together in the edit.

This may have been a case of Kennedy and Kasdan wanting to avoid a similar situation to the Rogue One reshoots, even if it meant squeezing creativity out of the movie. The problem, it seems, centered around Lord and Miller's unwillingness to bend to the studio's planned schedule and their insistence on making a looser, potentially risky Star Wars film.

This makes sense, and it's also a big shame. With the best will in the world, the current Star Wars oeuvre is a little on the dull side. The Force Awakens and Rogue One have elements that work, but it's hard not to imagine what these movies could have been if the directors had been allowed to take more risks. This, perhaps, is ultimately the problem in Star Wars moving from being literally the most expensive independent franchise in history to being owned by the same megacorp that gives us a new Disney Princess movie every two years.

The Han Solo movie is currently slated to release on May 25th, 2018.
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