With the shoot for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ finally over there’s much talk about who will get the credit for actually directing after the original directors Phil Miller and Chris Lord were fired. The full story behind their sacking is here.
The duo directors were replaced pretty swiftly by the safe hands that are Ron Howard who then went on to reshoot a substantial part of the film. Despite that and according to the actors there is still a large amount of the film that Lord and Miller’s shot. Which leaves the question just who will get the credit for directing Solo?
At the recent third annual GLAS Animation Festival in California, Lord and Miller have let slip as to what official credit they will get and from what they told the press it looks like they will get credited as ‘executive producers’. Which means that it will be Ron Howard who will get sole credit as director.
Lord & Miller have said, “We were really proud of the many contributions we made to that film. In light of the creative differences, we elected to take an executive producer credit.” Although you can’t help suspect that probably had little choice after their highly publicized sacking and was probably more of a damage limitation exercise for them to try and salvage any further loss of face.
With The Last Jedi garnering positive reviews it nonetheless only made $1.3billion making far less than The Force Awakens $2.06 billion but more than Rogue One’s $1.05 billion. The Last Jedi was still 2017’s biggest grossing film worldwide and it will be interesting to see how this second spin off fares after Rogue One.
The third Star Wars film is still in pre production but Lucasfilm’s merchandising for Solo has gone back into the old (but abandoned) expanded universe for some villains to use in the film – specifically The Cloud-Rider gang and their leader Enfys Nest.
A full-length “Solo” trailer should be with us i late April with the release of ‘Avengers: Infinity War” in late April.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” opens on May 25th.