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Truth Behind the Solo Production Chaos That Has Made It the Surprising Underdog We Can All Root For

Discussion in 'Solo' started by SWNN Probe, May 22, 2018.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    While still saying they were good, 'a miscommunication in artistic vision' is how Donald Glover sums up the dismissal of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the director chairs of Solo: A Star Wars Story. An extensive article at Variety by Kristopher Tapley finally sheds more facts on what really happened last Summer during the production of the movie. The film is two days away from opening to the public, and the drama is ancient history, so we can look back on it with more of a curious eye than a worried one, knowing the film moved on and above any and all chaos that took place a year ago.





    In the piece by Variety, we get first hand accounts from the cast, crew, and production team behind Solo, into what exactly happened that led to the dismissal of its initial directors, putting the film in the hands of Ron Howard to reshoot most of the film and save it from disaster. It took an extended four month commitment from all of them, and it has turned Solo: A Star Wars Story into something nobody could ever imagine a 2018 Star Wars movie being: An underdog.





    The Kasdans Takes on the Situation



    In what he claims is his Star Wars 'swan song' and final bow, Lawrence Kasdan does his best to diplomatically explain the tension or miscommunication by pointing fingers at the root of the problem, and not anyone specifically.
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    Kasdan was joined in his final Star Wars script by his son Jon, who gives his take on the reports that the problems stemmed from Lord and Miller's penchant for constant improvisational takes:

    The theme of both of their answers appear to be time. It sounds like Lord and Miller had a hard time meeting the deadlines for a shoot of this magnitude, and that this may have put stress on the production and force the hand of using less than quality takes for the sake of moving forward. The film was mostly shot, but clearly behind schedule, and it sounds like after a certain amount of issues, Kathleen Kennedy made a bold but decisive move to plug up a slowly sinking ship and put it on a new course. What was the final nail in the coffin for Kathleen Kennedy to fire Lord and Miller? An unidentified crew member said the first assistant director going to higher-ups to get around extensive experimental shooting is what did Lord and Miller in.



    Ron Howard Takes Over



    Post-George Lucas Star Wars was no stranger to firings or changes, as writers and directing shake-ups happened with The Force Awakens and Rogue One respectively. What better way a to calm a chaotic production than to bring in a calming veteran presence like Ron Howard?



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    The rumors about how much Ron Howard actually wound up shooting has been wildly speculated, and now we have our answer:

    We at SWNN received a tip early last Fall from a reliable source surrounding one of the international shoots for the film, who informed us that Ron Howard reshot upwards of 80% of the film. We broke this scoop on our official podcast The Resistance Broadcast in October. If you would like to, you can watch that episode here:











    A Clear Change in Tone



    The change in tone was evident from the beginning according to a crew member, with Howard paying attention to certain aspects of the shoot with passion that was for lack of a better term vacant from the tone set by Lord and Miller.
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    In fairness to Lord and Miller, who in addition to Kathleen Kennedy did not comment on this, according to Variety's source close to production, many of their ideas were allegedly rejected which likely caused tension and disappointment from their viewpoint.

    The cast seemed to develop a sense of confidence in working with Howard rather quickly, with one of them jokingly making light of the situation.



    George Lucas Leaves the Maker's Mark



    In what might be the most interesting part of this piece is finding out the scene George Lucas had input on when he visited the set. It is way more involved than I imagined it would be, and reveals a bit of a romantic angle between Han and Qi'ra, which aside from speculation we haven't heard much about between the two. It also serves as a reminder that George created Han Solo, and that nobody knows him better.
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    A Star Wars movie, written by the most legendary Star Wars screenwriter, directed by Ron Howard, that even has some George Lucas flair punched in - what is there not to like? For a Star Wars movie owned by Disney in 2018 to be considered an underdog is almost unfathomable to comprehend. But here we are, two days away from a movie that was knocked down time and time again over the past year, but somehow kept getting up. The production of this film embodies who Han Solo is, which is too stubborn to fail, and winding up exactly where it needs to be regardless of the unlikely path it takes, and that makes it all the more charming.



    Solo: A Star Wars Story is the most unlikely big budget underdog, the biggest Star Wars underdog since the original Star Wars 40 years ago, and we're rooting for it.





    John Hoey

    'For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.' 





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  2. deadmanwalkin009

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    Sounds like L&M wasn't ready to take on SW at this point in time.
     
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    Still I would've love to see their take, but I'm confident RH did a great job. Lucas lending a hand was a nice touch passing on the baton.
     
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    Call me strange but I have no desire to see what they would have done. I didn't think they were the right choice to begin with. KK and the rest should have given the film to an experienced director, or at least to someone who would stay on task. I didn't see their earlier films and had no desire to see them.

    The good news is KK had the balls to pull the trigger and bring in Ron Howard. Now she needs to do a better job hiring directors, and stop trying to bring in unknown quantities. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    Theatrical SW movies should not be improvisation comedies. So, hopefully people a Disney learn from this mistake and choose directors more wisely.
     
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    It's between quite a journey & I hope Ron's take is better.
     
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    Interestin' read.
    I've no concern about it.
    Haven't from the start.
    I ain't on the inside an' know little about it an' don't have a need to neither.
    LucasFilm's made up of folk that go an' put So much Care and Love into Everything they do.
    Have for goin' on Forty years.
    I trust 'em.
     
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    The funny thing here is that Lawrence Kasdan is apparently the person who wanted the both of them to work on the project, according to official statements made at Celebration talks. But for whatever reason, nobody rides his butt over the movie's production troubles.
     
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    Exactly and he was the one who flew over to London to look if everything is alright. It wasn't. The thing here is quite sketchy you see how things evolve when it happens not before. No one saw it coming that Trank went a bit crazy or Trevorrov gets high on himself after JW, this is a process and they checked every available data in the industry beforehand. If things go south you can only pull the plug.As far as I remember no one here saw mental stability as a problem when those names were announced. But afterwards it is time to point fingers.
     
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