Phil Lord and Chris Miller fired from Han Solo anthology film

I didn’t write about this when the announcement was made because there wasn’t all that much information. Now we have a report from Variety that sheds more light on the situation.

Yesterday, Lucasfilm announced that 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had exited the untitled Han Solo production citing creative differences. Lord and Miller had also released a very co-operative statement. The film has been in principle photography since January this year.

Variety talked to an unknown source with knowledge of the production who said that the chemistry between the directors and Lucasfilm boss, Kathleen Kennedy was never right. The source went on to say that Lord and Miller also clashed with co-writer Lawrence Kasdan who has been heavily involved in Star Wars since Empire Strikes Back.

“Kathy, her team and Larry Kasdan have been doing it their way for a very long time. They know how the cheese is made and that’s how they want it made,” said the source. “It became a very polarising set.”

Kathleen Kennedy in her announcement stated that a new director will be announced shortly. There have been reports from Variety again and Deadline saying the Ron Howard may be the front running candidate for that new director spot.

Ron Howard would no doubt work well with Kennedy, Kasdan and Lucasfilm, he would tow the line and work well with the studio. However, Lord and Miller were hired for their comedic chops and it’d be interesting to see how what they have filmed will blend in with Howard’s product. Let’s also point out that Gareth Edwards suffered similar clashes with Kennedy during production of Rogue One – A Star Wars Story. Tony Gilroy was brought in to direct some of the re-shoots for that film.

I’m not concerned (yet) about these recent developments because of the issues that went down with Rogue One, and the film still ended up being an enjoyable Star Wars movie. I’ll be watching the developments of this production very closely.

The still untitled young Han Solo film is still slated for a May 25, 2018, release date. We will most likely see or hear updates from the upcoming D23 convention and/or Comic Con.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – Review

Episode V

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy. Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth. The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space….

The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to Star Wars (Now titled “Episode IV – A New Hope”), it tells the continuing saga of the rebel alliance’s fight against the evil galactic empire. The story centres around a young Jedi Padawan, Luke Skywalker, in search of further training (after his mentor Obi Wan Kenobi died) and the ability to become a full Jedi Knight; Han Solo, a smuggler turned fighter for the alliance along with his Wookie co-pilot, Chewbacca; and Princess Leia the princess (and one of the last of her people) of the destroyed Alderaan.

This 1980 film was the highest grossing of the year and the third highest of the decade. The Empire Strikes Back followed the main characters three years after their first win over the Empire, the rebels are on the run from the clutches of Darth Vader and things are starting to become dire. Luke is told by his former mentor to go in search of a great and powerful Jedi, Yoda. While Luke receives training from the Jedi Master, his friends are chased by the Empire to Cloud City where they are cornered and Han Solo is handed over to Jabba The Hutt as a prisoner. Luke interrupts his training and travels to the city to save his friends, there he must confront Darth Vader, the murderer of his father Anakin Skywalker… or was he?

This is probably the best Star Wars film in the series it has all the action, romance, comedy, suspense and more that you’d be after in a Blockbuster. It also ends differently to most movies… everything goes to shit, something that really never happened in film back then. It served as a fantastic cliffhanger for Return Of The Jedi.

5 Stars

To finish this review I give you the only possible way to make The Empire Strikes Back more enjoyable… a trailer of the movie with the music of Inception!