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Ron Howard Steps In To Direct Han Solo Movie (hollywoodreporter.com) 89

Two days after directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go in the middle of shooting the Star Wars Han Solo spinoff movie, the spot has been filled. Ron Howard has been named the new direct of Lucasfilm and Disney's Han Solo movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. From the report: Howard, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, will meet with the actors -- Alden Ehrenreich is playing the iconic smuggler, Donald Glover is playing Lando Calrissian, with Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton also on the roll call -- to soothe a rattled set and will pore over a rough edit to see what the project needs. Filming will resume on July 10. Howard, who directed 1995's Apollo 13 and won an Oscar for helming 2002's A Beautiful Mind, comes to the Han Solo film with several connections to George Lucas and the worlds of Lucasfilm. He appeared in Lucas' 1973 breakout film American Graffiti and helmed Lucas' 1988 pet fantasy project Willow. Howard also revealed on a podcast in 2015 that Lucas had approached him to direct 1999's Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace. Though his recent movies, including Inferno and In the Heart of the Sea, have been costly ventures that underperformed at the box office, Howard is considered to be a safe choice to complete the task, someone who will ably finish the movie while being a calming presence on set.
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Ron Howard Steps In To Direct Han Solo Movie

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  • I hope (Score:5, Funny)

    by bugs2squash ( 1132591 ) on Thursday June 22, 2017 @08:30PM (#54671883)
    I hope it turns out like arrested development (the initial series at least), renegade space pilot from a dysfunctional family.
  • Will Ralph Mouth or Fonzie be in this one?

  • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) on Thursday June 22, 2017 @10:01PM (#54672287)

    Exactly what I expect from Disney: the safest choice.

    And this is one of the many reasons that I regard Disney Star Wars as just high-budget fanfic.

    • And this is one of the many reasons that I regard Disney Star Wars as just high-budget fanfic

      Given the alternatives I am thankful for it.

      • I'm curious, what would you see as the alternative?

        • Meesa doesn't liksa people trying stupid shit with well established franchises.

          The alternative to "safe" is the StarWars saga we like to pretend didn't exist. I mean episode 4 5 and 6 are great, I don't understand why they never made any prequels.

          • Hush, you know they'd fuck it up, let's just be glad they didn't try.

          • Meesa doesn't liksa people trying stupid shit with well established franchises.

            The alternative to "safe" is the StarWars saga we like to pretend didn't exist. I mean episode 4 5 and 6 are great, I don't understand why they never made any prequels.

            Yeah, I heard that Lucas had a story in mind, and everything.

    • It already started with the prequel trilogy. The whole shit felt like some pimple-faced teenager retold his "life story" the way he wishes it would have happened, including turning "bad" and bent on destroying the world when he hit puberty.

    • by T.E.D. ( 34228 )

      Exactly what I expect from Disney: the safest choice.

      On the bright side, that means we likely won't have to suffer through two and a half hours of shaky-cam and lens flares. A lot of what passes for "innovation" these days in directing, I can do without.

    • Exactly what I expect from Disney: the safest choice.

      And this is one of the many reasons that I regard Disney Star Wars as just high-budget fanfic.

      How do you think the Episodes 7-9 and the spin-offs would be different if Disney had at least used George Lucas' story treatments?

  • I hope this isn't going to distract him from more important matters, like making his planned movie of Neal Stephenson's Seveneves. A TV series adaption would be even better, The Expanse has shown there's a market for fairly hard sci-fi on TV.
  • by jrq ( 119773 ) on Friday June 23, 2017 @07:46AM (#54674321)
    I've got a bad feeling about this.
  • and directed the Phantom Menace. Lucas did a terrible job with all but Episode IV.
  • by judoguy ( 534886 ) on Friday June 23, 2017 @11:21AM (#54675711) Homepage
    Clint Eastwood take over the directing. Han would be a lot cooler with a squint and he'd ALWAYS fire first,
  • Get anybody else to play Woody Harelson's role, and I'll be set to watch this.

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