Lucasfilm has just announced that famed director Ron Howard will be taking the director's chair for the upcoming and as yet untitled Han Solo film in the Star Wars film franchise.
“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,” says president of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy. “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.”
This announcement comes after the film's former directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, left the movie mid-production. It had been reported that for months, the two directors, known for their work on The Lego Movie and others, struggled with creative differences between themselves and the production crew.
“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew,” Phil Lord and Christopher Miller said in their statement a couple days ago.
The Han Solo film should be in good hands, however, with Ron Howard at the helm. Howard has directed such blockbusters as Willow, A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, as well as producing and narrating the series Arrested Development. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see what he has in store for the Star Wars franchise!
Melanie R. Meadors is an author of fantasy where heroes don't always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She has edited two upcoming genre anthologies, MECH: Age of Steel and HATH NO FURY, and is the science and pop culture blogger at The Once and Future Podcast. You can find her at her website, melaniermeadors.com, on Facebook, and Twitter, @melaniermeadors.