For example, there was one shoot day just this past month where the pair only used three different camera setups for a scene, versus the typical "12 to 15 that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had expected".
"So many people involved with the "Star Wars" franchise are friends, so it's gratifying to be able to lend my voice to the universe - coming in when it's already been in production and there is a great amount of work done".
Though directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller seemed like the ideal pair to helm the upcoming standalone Han Solo film, touching up the decades-old franchise with their trademark humor and forward-thinking charm, a new report from the Hollywood Reporter shows just how much the duo butted heads with Lucasfilm-a mismatch that eventually led to the directors being fired from the project just last week. Likewise, sources speaking to THR claim Miller and Lord were beginning to feel like encroaching pressure from Kennedy and Kasdan was stifling their creative freedom during the production process. According to sources, once Kasdan saw this he demanded that every line be said word for word. To appease him and the studio, Lord and Miller would do several takes exactly as written and then shoot additional takes. You've got to oversee the whole thing and take care of the vision of the overarching film. For the record, Disney and Lucasfilm allegedly brought in the acting coach right around the time that they replaced the film's editor, Chris Dickens, with longtime Ridley Scott collaborator Pietro Scalia (The Martian). There were other issues with the acting itself in the film, as Lucasfilm execs reportedly weren't thrilled with Alden Ehrenreich's performance as the young Han. But Lord and Miller pushed back, leading to Kennedy firing them. Despite the fact that veteran filmmaker Ron Howard has officially resumed directorial duties on the project, a number of fans are still concerned that the film may not be salvageable with such dramatic changes being made so late into production.
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Though sources say the footage Miller and Lord shot is "very usable", the plan is for Howard to shoot until September.
The untitled Han Solo movie is still slated for a May 25, 2018 release.
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