It seems that modern films are plagued with problems more than ever, especially the big blockbuster ones! barely a day goes by without news of a script re-write, re-shoots, cast or crew drop outs or release dates being changed. These problems were probably always there but they are reported more widely than ever today.
The latest film featuring issues is the Han Solo spin-off. A few days ago we learnt that the Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired after creative differences with Lucasfilm, specifically Lawrence Kasdan. It was a surprising move as the film has been in production for over four months already!
All is not lost though, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Ron Howard has been appointed as the new director of the film, which in my opinion is bloody good news! Though in recent years Howard’s films haven’t reached the success levels of projects like A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13, but he always has a clear vision of what he wants to achieve, and all of his films look beautiful.
Presumably there are going to be extensive re-shoots after changing directors at such a late stage, the budget of the film and the pressure to be a success is increasing by the day! After the critical and fan acclaim received by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Howard has an uphill battle to convince critics and fans alike that this is a film worth watching. We can only hope he hasn’t been too influenced by his long time friend and colleague George Lucas is writing dialogue!!!
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