Ron Howard has opened up about his thoughts joining the latest Star Wars instalment as director, after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired.
The veteran Hollywood stalwart stepped in to take over from Lord and Miller who exited the film with only three weeks left of filming, after it was reported they had creative differences with Lucasfilm – headed by Star Wars genius George Lucas.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, it emerged Howard only took two days to sign on to the project in June last year, and four to arrive on set – but he was still nervous to take on such a big task so late in the piece.
‘I know Chris and Phil. They’re incredibly talented guys, and all anyone at [Howard’s company] Imagine Entertainment wants to do is find a way to work with Chris and Phil, and that’s every bit as much the case today as ever,’ he said. ‘But when I learned that this change was happening, it just came in a moment where I was working on lots of new projects for Imagine, and I had not planned to direct anything last year.
‘So then this came my way, and I was talking to Kathy, and the now tragically late Alli Shearmur, an old friend. I was reluctant, but I also began to feel that I could help.’
There seemed to be a delay on the film, after Howard’s principal photography didn’t wrap until October – four months after he started, and only seven months prior to the film’s scheduled release date.
This had pundits questioning how much of the film Howard has redone – following talk Lord and Miller were axed because they strayed too far from Lucasfilm’s vision of the instalment.
When asked by the publication how much of their original directors’ work was still in there, Howard was tight-lipped – if not a little cheeky.
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‘As Han [Solo] says, “Don’t tell me the percentages.” Never tell me the percentages,’ he said before he added, ‘I don’t really want to explain it. I don’t really want to be specific about that because, again, I don’t even want that to matter to fans.’
Solo: A Star Wars Story is currently scheduled to be released on May 25, 2018.
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