Oh yeah, amidst everything else going on in Hollywood, they’re working on a Han Solo prequel standalone anthology film. Kind of forgot about that – certainly didn’t realize they had started filming in January, nor that it was slated for May 2018 (rather than as another Christmas-time film). However, there’s a slight hitch in that today, as apparently the directors have left the film over “creative differences.”
Thanks for the news, Twitter Moments.
Some people were super disappointed because they apparently knew the additional fact that the two directors – Phil Lord and Christopher Miller – had worked on such films as The Lego Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Okay, I liked those, sure, sad to have them go. And moreso, bad to have them go mid-filming. That Disney expects to keep the movie on-target is impressive.
I mean, movies lose directors, have creative differences, and in other ways slide into production hell all the time – it’s the plans to power through on this movie that is impressive, and also worrisome. This seems like a hard movie to do well, and having a single vision for it would of course be better than multiple visions – although with “creative differences,” it may already be too late for that.
This isn’t the first franchise to recently lose the director in the late days of filming. Justice League saw Zack Snyder bow out, for totally understandable personal reasons. The studio quickly got Joss Whedon, of all people, lined up to finish the movie, with re-shoots and editing to go – again, keeping the original release date in November this year.
There are reports that Joss is expected to do more re-shoots than Zack Snyder was planning to, and in the end we’ll likely be seeing a movie that has a touch of both of them clearly apparent. Hopefully in a good way; time will tell.
I could see something similar ending up happening with the Han Solo film: a high profile director coming in and acting as the closer on the film, who also maybe does a bit of work to make the film a bit more “their own.” One of the Twitter suggestions was Edgar Wright, and while I would love that, I don’t know how much he would want to tackle someone else’s movie (after all the trouble he went through trying to make Ant Man).
Time will tell – possibly quite soon – for the Han Solo film.