Last week directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the “Han Solo” film with just three weeks left of filming (along with a further five weeks or reshoots later this year). Within two days Ron Howard was quickly brought in as their replacement.
Director’s being replaced on films is hardly unheard of, what’s odd in this case is the lateness of it – that things had progressed so far before the change happened. This weekend, The Wrap reports that lateness may allow for unexpected result – that the pair may get to edit their own ‘Director’s Cut’ of the film.
The site says the Director’s Guild, the union that protects the rights of directors, has a little-known loophole within its rules suggesting this possibility:
“A director who is replaced after directing ninety percent (90 percent) but less than one hundred percent (100 percent) of the scheduled principal photography of any motion picture shall be the Director of the film entitled to all the post-production creative rights set forth.”
Additionally, should the requirements be met, then no one is allowed to ‘interfere’ with the director while they create their Director’s Cut.
Disney though would be under no obligation to put that cut in theaters. It’s unknown if the pair had completed 90% of the movie before they were let go, or if as part of their exit package they signed a deal which prevents the possibility.
In a separate report, Star Wars News Net is claiming that the film’s star, Alden Ehrenrich, had voiced his concerns about the direction that Lord and Miller were taking the character. Their source says:
“Ehrenreich had concerns with the production as filming progressed, he started to worry that Lord and Miller’s screwball comedy angle was starting to interfere with what the character of Han Solo is really about – even if this was a younger, more reckless take on the character than the one we met in the cantina of Tatooine.”
Their source goes even further to suggest the pair were wanting a representation of Solo that would be more along the lines of Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura character.
The film is on a brief hiatus for now as Howard gets up to speed on what has been done and readies to take over the shoot. All this craziness is happening as the immediate next film in the series, Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” is on the verge of completion with Johnson confirming (via ScreenRant) that post-production will be complete by August ahead of its December release.
The “Han Solo” film is currently still slated for a May 25th 2018 release.