Less than 48 hours since we heard that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been fired from the Han Solo movie, a new director has stepped in to take over the controls of the Millennium Falcon.
The dust of writers furiously pounding their keyboards over the initial news hadn’t even settled when rumors began to circulate that Academy Award winning director Ron Howard would step in to complete the film. Lucasfilm has now made that news official and Howard will begin work immediately on completing the film.
When Lord and Miller were let go from the production there were supposedly on three weeks of filming left to complete plus all of the post-production duties. Lucasfilm still seems confident in the May 25, 2018 release date, with Howard having so much to catch up on, it could be a tough road for him to get up to speed quickly.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said of the announcement, “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.” Kennedy went on to add, “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.”
Following up on a lengthy acting career, Howard has gone on to direct such films as Splash, Backdraft and A Beautiful Mind which won him the Oscar for Best Director in 2001.