Ron Howard: I've been around Star Wars from the beginning

Posted June 27, 2017

Meanwhile, it was recently claimed the previous directors had been in conflict with Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, for months and didn't appreciate the tight control the producer took on set.

"There were "deep fundamental philosophical differences" in filmmaking styles, this person says, and the directors felt they were being given "zero creative freedom.' They also felt they were being asked to operate under 'extreme scheduling constraints" and 'were never given enough days for each scene from the very beginning, '" the report said. For one thing, sources tell THR that Howard "was concerned about how Lord and Miller would react and has been emailing with them". But while Miller and Lord are now off the film, sources claim that Howard is very willing to use much of the footage they shot to help complete the movie.

Now comes this anonymous screed from a former Star Wars star who, it is fair to say, knows a thing or two about the ire of Star Wars fans.

THR says tensions began to escalate in May when Lucasfilm replaced editor Chris Dickens with Oscar victor Pietro Scalia.

[N] ot entirely satisfied with the performance that the directors were eliciting from Rules Don't Apply star Alden Ehrenreich, Lucasfilm chose to bring in an acting coach.

When Kennedy requested Kasdan head to the set after these shakeups didn't lead to the changes they were looking for, Miller and Lord pushed back at his presence-said to be similar to Tony Gilroy's late-game involvement in completing Rogue One after its own production troubles-and a day later, Kennedy made the decision to fire the directors. Kasdan apparently was unimpressed that Lord and Miller were trying out improvised dialogue at all, being annoyed that his screenplay was being ignored in favor of off-the-cuff material.

So when Lucasfilm brought in an acting coach, Lord and Miller suggested someone they have been working with on the Jump Street films. So even though we love Lord and Miller's work, maybe letting them go was the best for the Han Solo film. The site also spoke with Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts, who also made a big leap from his indie feature debut (Cop Car) to this big-budget superhero tentpole. Also, Kennedy has more than enough experience working with Star Wars, she is the president of the company, after all. Ron Howard has since been brought on board to finish directing the untitled Han Solo film.