Ron Howard Admits Initial Reluctance To Direct 'Solo

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And it wasn't just because Ron Howard had taken over the project - following the firing of its original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("The Lego Movie") - who Lucas has known since the 1970s when he directed Howard in "American Graffiti".

“He told me just trust my instincts, you know?” Howard says with a laugh.

The last time was during the making of "Rogue One". I think George felt pretty great about that.

Flash forward to 45 years later and Ron Howard is working on the set of Solo: A Star Wars Story, a project he inherited after directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller were let go from the project due to creative differences.

"I don't really want to explain it". And as exciting as these bits of footage are, what if there was a way to make Han Solo's first solo movie even more Solo than it already is? I could understand why you'd ask, and some might even be curious, but look, everybody who has been involved in this has done nothing but love what this movie could be, and that's been the vibe around it.

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It's going to be very interesting to see what "Solo" looks like when everybody's parts have all been stitched together, and whether or not audiences will be able to pick the movie apart and make out which scenes belong to Howard, and which are from Lord and Miller. He had this to say.

I'm going to go out on a Wookiee limb here and guess that at some point during Solo we're going to see the Falcon have a nasty run-in that results in that forward shrouding being torn off, revealing the shape of the Corellian light freighter we all know so well. They're incredibly talented guys, and all anyone at Imagine Entertainment wants to do is find a way to work with Chris and Phil, and that's every bit as much the case today as ever. "But when I learned that this change was happening, it just came in a moment where I was working on lots of new projects for Imagine, and I had not planned to direct anything past year".

Almost two months in theaters, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is climbing box office charts, but has a long road to become the top moneymaker in the "Star Wars" franchise begun by George Lucas four decades ago. So then this came my way, and I was talking to Kathy, and the now tragically late Alli Shearmur, an old friend. It made me feel great, ” Howard says.

It has become a treasured tradition - like the president throwing out the first pitch at a World Series game - when the creator of "Star Wars", filmmaker George Lucas, visits the set of a movie in the saga he sold to Disney in 2012. That was previously the official reason given for the parting, and why Miller and Lord were reportedly escorted offset in midst of shooting Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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