Confirmed: Lucasfilm Appoints Ron Howard to Complete the Han Solo Spin-Off
The renowned filmmaker to replace axed duo Miller and Lord — Balance is restored to the Force!
“ You’re all clear, kid. Now let’s blow this thing and go home!” Han Solo — Star Wars: A New Hope
Lucasfilm has today confirmed that renowned filmmaker Ron Howard, has been appointed as the director of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars spin-off and will replace axed duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Howard brings a considerable amount of expertise to the project and renews his relationship with Lucasfilm, which began with the 1988 cult classic fantasy film Willow. The director’s pedigree is undeniable and is viewed as the natural choice to succeed the previous directors, whom were relieved of their duties in fantastical fashion in the early hours of yesterday.
Check out the report here:
Lucasfilm cites “creative differences” for their dismissal of Han Solo director’s Lord and Millerfutureoftheforce.com
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, took the drastic step to remove them from the project citing “creative differences” and a clash of personalities that had made their position untenable. The backlash from some quarters of the fan base was profound, but amounted to little more than a difference of opinion and soon faded back into the dark recesses of the internet.
Kathleen Kennedy, has proven she is willing to do whatever it takes to deliver the best movie possible and with the fans best interests at heart, her devotion to the cause has never been in doubt. With this fantastic news, we can now look forward to the project getting back on track, with an incredibly talented and visionary director at the helm charged with delivering the ultimate tribute movie to the character made famous by the landmark performance of the great Harrison Ford.
You can read the official press release here:
Lucasfilm is pleased to announce that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been named director of the untitled Han Solo film.
“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. “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. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”
Howard has made some of the biggest hits and most critically-acclaimed movies of the modern era. Among his many films are Lucasfilm’s Willow, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind (winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director), The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and Rush. He also narrated and produced the beloved comedy series Arrested Development, starred in George Lucas’ American Graffiti, and remains a TV icon for his roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days.
The untitled Star Wars Han Solo film is slated for a May 25, 2018, release.