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.