Yesterday it was announced that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go from the Disney Han Solo movie over creative differences. For a brief moment, I’m sure many fans were a little nervous about how this would play out. Well, no need to worry (we hope) as legendary director Ron Howard has been tapped to take the helm of the much-anticipated film. If you don’t know who Ron Howard is, you should, he is the man responsible for multiple award winning films. He’s also well known for his role on the 70’s TV sitcom Happy Days.
Ron Howard’s directing credits include Parenthood, Apollo 13, Ransom, A Beautiful Mind, Cocoon, The DaVinci Code, and many others. Howard’s appointment hasn’t been made “official” just yet but the announcement is expected sometime this morning. We’re excited to see this move as well, while I’m sure Lord and Miller are excellent directors, I think Howard has much more to offer.
“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, in a statement. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie.”
The move comes two days after directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go from the movie they had spent over four-and-a-half months directing. Creative differences over style and tone came to a head between the duo and Lawrence Kasdan, with the studio backing the veteran screenwriter.
It will be interesting to see what direction Howard takes the film and how it ties in with the rest of the universe.Source: Hollywood Reporter