Ron Howard Makes First Statement About Directing The HAN SOLO Film

It’s been a whirlwind of insanity over at Lucasfilm the past few days. After five months of filming and about four weeks of production to go, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from Han Solo because their vision didn’t align with Lucasfilm’s. There are a lot of new details regarding that, which you can read about here.

Ron Howard has since been hired to take over the directing duties and he’s received an outpouring of support from Lucasfilm and his fans. The filmmaker recently took to Twitter to make his first statement since he was hired to complete the production work that was started by Lord and Miller.

I couldn’t be happier to see him come on board to finish directing the Han Solo film. I’m sure the plan is to take as much of the footage that was already shot as he can and then use his talents to smooth things out and make it all work. That will include finishing shooting the remainder of the film as we’ll as reshooting certain scenes.

One thing we know for sure is the movie has a solid script co-written by Lawrence Kasdan. That’s obviously the direction that Lucasfilm wants to take this character. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also seems optimistic about the outcome of the film, previously saying:

“We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

As of right now, Howard will be going through all the footage that Lord and Miller already shot and he will then start to formulate his plan on how to proceed and finish the film.

Mark Hamill Completely Disagreed with Rian Johnson’s Take on Luke Skywalker in THE LAST JEDI

This week marks Star Wars 40th Anniversary and Vanity Fair has given us an inside look at the upcoming The Force Awakens sequel, The Last Jedi. And for most fans of Star Wars this sequel is very important because, for the first time since Return of the Jedi, we will have LOTS of Luke Skywalker (if you don’t count the seconds he appears in The Force Awakens.) Many fans have a certain expectation of what Luke may be like in his later years. They are of course basing it on what they have seen him do in the previous films. Certainly Luke himself, Mark Hamill is one of those ‘fans.’ In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Hamill recalls the first time he read through The Last Jedi script:

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Lucasfilm Started Over on STAR WARS EPISODE IX After Carrie Fisher’s Death

The passing of Carrie Fisher was something no one expected, but when we lost our princess, it was quite clear that Lucasfilm would have to make some major adjustments. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said after they mourned Fisher’s passing, the story team and filmmakers scrambled to come up with a plan to handle Fisher’s absence in Episode IX:

“Obviously, with Carrie having passed away, it shook everybody,” Kennedy says. As they tried to figure out what this meant for Leia’s continuing story, the only option was to leave their original ideas behind. “We pretty much started over,”

Fisher had finished all her scenes on The Last Jedi before her untimely death, and Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has since said that the movie will not be changed to deal with her passing. The Last Jedi will end as it was originally planned. StarWars.com also confirmed that Lucasfilm will not digitally recreate Leia in any way. Kennedy also recently told Good Morning America: “Sadly, Carrie will not be in nine,” Kennedy said. “But we will see a lot of Carrie in eight.”

It seems pretty safe to assume that The Last Jedi will be Princess or General Leia Organa’s final appearance in the Star Wars cinematic saga. I wonder if Lucasfilm will ever let us know what they were hoping Leia’s role in Episode IX would be. Or maybe we’ll eventually get a Star Wars story standalone about a young Princess Leia, only time will tell. What do you guys think?

ROGUE ONE Writer Has Another STAR WARS Project In The Works

Industrial Light & Magic Visual Effects Supervisor and writer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story John Knoll has another Star Wars idea. According to THR, Knoll told attendees of the National Association of Broadcasters his idea is still a work in progress:

“I have another idea I’ve been tinkering with, It’s maybe 75 percent there. I haven’t pitched it to [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy]. It’s another Star Wars thing.”

Did you think he was gonna run his mouth about a pitch before talking to the big dog?! Rogue One writer or not, that’s an easy way to get walking papers in the Disney family. Obviously, just the news alone is a reason to be excited as I think the Rogue One team did a better job capturing Star Wars nostalgia than The Force Awakens team. I wonder what story Knoll could be looking to tell?

Star Wars Spotlight: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye

Luke and Leia fight for their lives and try to escape the Empire!

Each week Star Wars Spotlight combs through the digital archives of Marvel Unlimited to showcase one classic story from that distant galaxy filled with Jedi, Sith, princesses, scoundrels and droids.

Blowing up the Death Star at the end of “A New Hope” might have seemed like a final nail in the coffin to some viewers back when the film came out, but as we all saw in the ensuing sequels, the Rebellion still had its work cut out for it. In the wake of those heroic events, Luke and Leia continued their efforts to unify more people against the evils of the Empire as seen in adaptations like SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE by Terry Austin and Chris Sprouse.

The story began with the siblings who didn’t yet know they were related flying to Circarpous IV, but having to land on the fifth planet in the system due to Leia’s ship being damaged. While trying to land, the pair find themselves hit by a strange energy that downs both ships. Eventually, the two heroes of the Rebellion—as well as R2-D2 and C-3PO—met up with one another and discovered the source of the unusual signals they’d received: An Imperial mining operation! To survive, Leia and Luke dressed as miners and infiltrated the colony.

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Kathleen Kennedy Clarifies That Han Solo’s Name Is Actually Han Solo

Kathleen Kennedy is doing some cleanup work following the conclusion of Star Wars Celebration. Among some other confusing statements, Kennedy cleared up some remarks that led some fans to believe that Disney CEO Bob Iger was implying Han Solo’s real name isn’t Han Solo. Kennedy responded to the statement (via Slashfilm) saying she’s not sure what Iger meant by the statement…

“I’m not sure that’s entirely what Bob [Iger] meant. There’s more to Han Solo’s name, but it’s not that it’s not his name. It’s obviously his name. It will always be his name.”

Could you imagine the fan outcry if all the sudden we learned that Han Solo was just a front and our beloved smuggler was once known under a different name? I guess ultimately it would depend on how it was handled, but we all know how fans of Star Wars react when the past is changed. The new Han Solo film is due out May 25th, 2018.

Mark Hamill Had a Different Idea For the Ending of THE FORCE AWAKENS

The most powerful moment in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is when Han Solo is killed by his son Ben a.k.a. Kylo Ren. Star Wars fans around the world burst out into tears when we witnessed the hero tragically die. Well, it could have been even more powerful and meaningful if Leia and Luke actually witnessed his death, and that is the ending the Mark Hamill recently shared while talking to Fandango. When asked he would have liked to actually share some screen time with Harrison Ford in the film he explained:

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Luke Skywalker Confirmed to be The Last Jedi in STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII

When the title of Star Wars: Episode VIII was revealed to be The Last Jedi, fans began to discuss and speculate what that actually means. Who is the last Jedi!? Is the word Jedi meant to be singular or plural!? Director Rian Johnson was amused by the kind of discussions that fans were having regarding the title, and if you’re still waiting for a definitive answer, we have one for you today. During an interview with Good Morning America, the director confirmed that the title refers to the one and only Luke Skywalker. He says:

“It’s so funny when people started asking that when the title was announced because I never even pondered that question… In my mind its singular. They say in The Force Awakens that he’s gone on to find the last Jedi temple. Luke is the last Jedi.”

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Kathleen Kennedy Confirms That Carrie Fisher Will Not Appear in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

Last week Carrie Fisher‘s brother, Todd FIsher, said that Carrie would appear in Star Wars: Episode IX. He and Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd thought:

“Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is, you don’t. I’m not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her. She’s owned by them.”

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Carrie Fisher’s brother says she’ll appear in Star Wars: Episode IX

When Carrie Fisher passed away late last year, there was a lot of speculation about whether or not she’d appear in some way in Star Wars: Episode IX. Her role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi had been completed before her death, but the next film had not yet begun shooting. Her brother Todd Fisher told The New York Daily News that he and Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd have given Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use recent footage of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode IX.

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