Ron Howard to Get Sole Directing Credit for Solo: A Star Wars Story


With Solo: A Star Wars Story set to hit theatres in just two months, things have remained pretty quiet on the marketing front. As most people are already aware, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller clashed with the higher ups at Lucasfilm (ie. Kathleen Kennedy) and were replaced by Ron Howard with 75% of the movie already having been shot. The belief was that Howard would help fix some of the tonal issues that had been developing and act as a confident and reassuring presence to see the rest of the project through. That being said, up until now it has been unclear who would ultimately take credit for the final product. This week we are hearing that Ron Howard will get the nod and that Lord and Miller have chosen not to fight it. They recently had this to say about it:

“We are very proud of our many contributions to the film. In light of the creative differences on Solo: A Star Wars Story, we have elected to take an executive producer credit on the film. We love the cast and crew and really love everyone and wish them the best.”

An anonymous report also came out via Vulture this week that clarifies the extent of Ron Howard’s involvement. According to an actor who was involved in both the original production and the reshoots, Howard has been doing “scene-for-scene do-overs of things previously shot” using the exact same script. The difference is that he has been working a lot faster and he has not been able to use full sets, changing how some of the scenes need to be shot.

Ultimately, it sounds like Ron Howard will end up having shot the vast majority of the film. This could also explain why we haven’t seen much footage yet. But will it actually make the film better? The anonymous source also claims that star Alden Ehrenreich was initially having trouble nailing his performance as Han Solo, but they hired an acting coach to help him in March 2017. Perhaps the reshoots will be an improvement now that he is more comfortable in the role. Do you still have high hopes for Solo: A Star Wars Story?

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  • Jake

    I’m curious if they did choose to fight it would they be successful? I’m thinking that there must be a union rule stating if you shot at least 75% you get credit, I’m sure the percentage is much less. I wonder if the execs just came to them and said “hey, don’t make us put three director names on our Star Wars movie”. Maybe they got a little extra $$ for taking the EP credit instead.

    Then again, if Howard did end up re-shooting the majority of the script and Lord and Miller’s footage wasn’t used then it should be Howard’s name.

  • 1138sw

    Umm what concerns me more is Alden Ehrenreich. His portrayal of Solo was really…disconcerting…his acting beats for some reason seem really way off…plus his voice seemed so not Solo. Granted I’m used to Harrrison but I’ve always been open to notion of other actors takes on famous characters. Alden just seems way off to me.

  • 5OF4

    Can’t wait to see Hans back in action

  • Deven Science

    I know this used to happen a lot more often. In the 30s and 40s, they would switch out a director, and it seemed like the last man in the chair got the credit.

  • Peter Harrison

    The trailer is terrible. I predict the following ratings from the Junkers:
    Sean 2/5,
    Jay 1.5/5,
    Frank 1.5/5
    Greg 2/5
    Dax 6/5!

  • Lior

    The strategy employed by Kathleen Kennedy for these new Star Wars movies is very different than the one employed by Lucas in the original trilogy. While Lucas hired old pros to handle the sequels (Kirshner, Marquand), Kennedy is mostly going for new blood. But this approach seems to be back-firing. Rogue One needed reshoots that were done by Tony Gilroy, Trevero was fired/let go and replaced by Abrams, same with Lord and Miller, now replaced but a Howard, the quintessential pro everyman director. I think it’s apparent to everyone that the type of director needed for these films is not the indie upstart, but the experienced jobber who tows the line gets the job done. Hey, it worked in the past. A “jobber” made the best Star Wars movie. We need to remember that the ability to work in any genre and stay in schedule and budget is one of the most sought after skills in Hollywood and in fact, in classic Hollywood, most directors were “jobbers”.

    Rian Johnson may be the anomaly in this equation, a young director, with a only a couple of features under his belt, that seem to jive well with the intentions of Lucasfilm.

  • Jameson

    I think it has less to do with new blood and more just anyone who wants to put their own style onto Star Wars i.e mess with the formula. It’s the same thing with the MCU, there’s only so much freedom each director gets because it all has to fit together. I think at first Kathleen Kennedy thought going for hot young name directors would be a good choice but clearly a yes man is all they want.

  • LordAwesome

    The difference between Lucas and Kennedy in the producer role is Lucas is a creative whereas Kennedy is a producer that gets the work done for creatives. Lucas can bring ideas. Kennedy get ideas to the screen but can’t create her own.

    Lucas originally wanted a new director for each STAR WARS film and for them to put their own stamp on them (this was when he thought it would be a 12 film series). He courted David Lynch and Cronenberg for JEDI.

    Lucas hired Marquand but it soon became apparent that Marquand was not up to snuff and Lucas directed all the special effects scenes (ie, most of the film) on JEDI.

    By the time he was making JEDI Lucas was burnt out so idea of a long running series with a new director was toast.

    When he started the prequels once again Lucas said he was only going to direct the first one and new directors would work on the sequels but I get the feeling the response to Episode I and made Lucas more stubborn and to make them his own show how everyone was wrong.

  • Lior

    That is interesting, I did not know some of that stuff (or maybe i did and forgot, last time I watched the Star Wars special features was a long time ago). However, it might explain why Lucas tinkered with ROTJ so much in the Blu Ray release… I always wondered how he went and changed a key emotional scene in a movie that was done by another director…