The Han Solo film is the second of three stand-alone Star Wars films that kicked off with last year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The firing sent shockwaves through the Star Wars fandom, an unprecedented decision that cast the new spin-off in a troubling light.
An official statement from Lucasfilm stated: "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", said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. Likewise, sources speaking to THR claim Miller and Lord were beginning to feel like encroaching pressure from Kennedy and Kasdan was stifling their creative freedom during the production process.
Yes, the comedic technique that's stretched the running time of your average Hollywood comedy far past its breaking point (Sisters reallydid not need to be two hours long) was a source of much conflict on the set, with Lucasfilm brass growing increasingly upset that Lord and Miller were taking too long to finish each camera setup and throwing out lines to the actors that weren't in the script, leaving hundreds of crew members sitting around idle while they riffed. According to a source, most of Lord and Miller's footage is "very usable", so Howard fortunately isn't going to have to start from scratch. To appease him and the studio, Lord and Miller would do several takes exactly as written and then shoot additional takes.More news: Puerto Rico gov upholds statehood in vote hit by boycott
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THR says tensions began to escalate in May when Lucasfilm replaced editor Chris Dickens with Oscar victor Pietro Scalia. Late into production, Lucasfilm also hired an acting coach to help get a better performance out of star Alden Ehrenreich (who has the daunting task of following Harrison Ford's footsteps as the iconic smuggler) and made a last-minute editor switch.
When Kennedy felt that these measures did not get the production on track, she asked Kasdan to come to London. This did not sit well with Lord and Miller who were not prepared for Kasdan's role as their "shadow director".
Producers are delighted to have Ron on board for the film.