The story of what really happened behind the scenes of Disney’s Han Solo movie is starting to come out, and it sounds like ousted directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were a bit too free-wheeling for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars machine.
Entertainment Weekly has a breakdown talking to some sources close to the production, and for anyone who has ever seen Lord and Miller’s other films (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie, etc.), the findings might not be much of a surprise. According to various sources around the film, Lord and Miller were allowing the talented cast to freelance and ad-lib lines along the way (and with folks as talented as Atlanta’s Donald Glover in front of the camera, it’s hard to blame them), while also making changes to the script during shooting. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with that — the approach has served the duo well up until now.
The only problem is that doing things on the fly doesn’t really work all that well when you’re dealing with a character loaded with decades of canon, baggage and expectations this solo (no pun intended) movie is being counted on to meet. Put simply, it sounds like Lord and Miller were hired to give Solo a bit of humor and attitude. Instead, their vision for the film started evolving into an outright comedy itself, which wasn’t what Lucasfilm had in mind when the hotshot duo were brought in on the project.
When the dailies rolled in, and the studio could see that the changes were mounting in comparison to the script Lawrence and Jon Kasdan had put together, they decided to pull the trigger. So Lord and Miller are out, and Ron Howard is in. Howard’s presence is apparently meant to serve as a veteran hand to redraft the story into a more grounded tale that fits the tone of the larger Star Wars franchise.
Here’s hoping it works out — but man — we’re really curious to get a look at the version of the story Lord and Miller were trying to tell. Right?
(Via Entertainment Weekly)