More Details of "Solo" Production Problems: "Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s wanted to take too many risks. They wanted it to be fresh, new, emotional, surprising and unique."



You've surely read my negative review of "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

There will likely never be a “Lord and Miller cut” of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” After all, that prequel’s original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, left the Han Solo-film with basically most of the film already in the can. When you're a filmmaker that has completed a blockbuster film, like they did, and are fired when shooting is about to wrap, you have probably strayed far away from the intended vision of the studio. Ron Howard was replaced, given a budget of $250M to reshoot almost everything, or, as a recent report attested, 70% of the film.


A recent Variety cover story mentions that Howard's original mandate was actually to reshoot 85% of Lord and Miller’s “Solo”  Variety also adds an anonymous source as saying that “Lord and Miller had gone overboard with improvisation, moving farther and farther away from what was on the page.” While one anonymous crew member told the outlet that “Lord and Miller drew [producer and Lucasfilm head Kathleen] Kennedy’s ire for stretching days out with experimentation."

Star Emilia Clarke did not help in the matter telling Variety that she got the sense Lord and Miller  “were figuring it out” during production. “We were all still very much in a collaborative place of ‘Where does this want to go?,'” she said.

Another anonymous source mentions that Lord and Miller wanted to take too many risks “in their minds, Phil and Chris were hired to make a movie that was unexpected and would take a risk, not something that would just serve the fans. They wanted it to be fresh, new, emotional, surprising and unique.” The source added, “These guys looked at Han as a maverick, so they wanted to make a movie about a maverick. But at every turn, when they went to take a risk, it was met with a no.”

Lord and Miller even had Michael K. Williams playing Dryden Voss, the film's villain, but once Howard came on-board, Williams “could not return for a full overhaul of his villainous character due to another commitment.” Paul Bettany was hired to replace him.

“Lord and Miller had conjured a gritty, grimy palette reflective of the seedy underbelly of conniving crooks, battle-weary war deserters and ruthless criminal syndicates on display.” 

“Howard was inseparable from Young. You can totally see the love affair because Howard seemed super invested in how the film looked. Lord and Miller didn’t seem too fussed with that aspect, really.”

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is in theaters on May 25.

[Variety]