It’s official: Ron Howard is trading in the Apollo 11 for the Millennium Falcon. Just two days after directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were suddenly dropped from the Han Solo anthology
Lord and Miller originally signed on to direct the Han Solo movie in July 2015, but recently shocked fans by leaving the project mid-stream, citing creative differences with Lucasfilm producers. Almost immediately, Ron Howard emerged as the frontrunner to replace them, possible because he has a history of being considered for
“He told me that he had talked to [Robert] Zemeckis, he talked to me, he talked to Steven Spielberg. I was the third one he spoke to,”he told
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Clearly following Lord and Miller didn’t seem like such a huge challenge as following George Lucas for Howard. Not that this has anything to do with anyone’s relative levels of talent, of course; the film is reportedly three-quarters of the way done and only has three weeks left of shooting, as well as five weeks of pre-scheduled reshoots. It’s unclear, however, how much of what Lord and Miller filmed will make it into the final product, or how they and Howard will be credited for their efforts.
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