Monday Movie Report: Recapping The Han Solo Movie Director Situation

Last week was a busy one for the higher-ups working on the “Star Wars” series.

A few days ago, it was announced that both Phil Lord and Chris Miller would be replaced by Academy Award winning Director Ron Howard to complete the “Star Wars” spin-off film that’s completely focused on a young Han Solo. The announcement came after roughly five months of production for the film.

Ron Howard, the new director for the Han Solo spin-off film.

According to Empire Magazine, the directing duo who split with Lucasfilm did so with about three weeks before filming was due to be completed. Empire also reported that filming is scheduled to resume on July 10, once the new team is in place.

In a joint statement on the situation, Lord and Miller said their “vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project.”

Today, IndieWire reported that the production included numerous “philosophical disconnects and differences” between the fired directors and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy.

IndieWire also cited reports that said the directors “relied too heavily on the improvisational style that served them so well in live-action comedy and animation but does not work on a set with hundreds of crew members waiting for direction.”

The directors, meanwhile, felt they had “zero creative freedom” and had “extreme scheduling constraints, according to IndieWire.

The film, scheduled for release in May 2018, stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. The rest of the cast features Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Donald Glover and Thandie Newton.

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At the weekend box office, it was the fifth “Transformers” movie taking the top spot with $45 million. When combined with screenings from Wednesday and Thursday, the opening gets boosted to $69 million.

When looking at the numbers, it appears the series is reaching fatigue with audiences, as this was both the lowest opening weekend for the franchise and even when looking at the five day amount of $69 million, it still falls short of the first film’s $70 million, which was the lowest opening for the series before “Last Knight.”

The full top five from the weekend was:
1. Transformers: The Last Knight – $45,300,000
2. Cars 3 – $25,175,000
3. Wonder Woman – $25,175,000
4. 47 Meters Down – $7,435,000
5. All Eyez on Me – $5,850,000

For this upcoming weekend, three new movies are headed to the big screen. They include the animated sequel “Despicable Me 3,” a comedy titled “The House” and the action picture “Baby Driver.”

As for the small screen, home video releases include:

  • Power Rangers, ATMR Rating: 3.7 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 47%
  • CHIPS, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 16%