Sounds dramatic, but when you consider the production histories of the recent Star Wars films, you'll begin to understand there's a lot more going on behind the scenes.
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"Star Wars is not important," said writer Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) to J. J. Abrams. "But what is important is the way people feel about it. And they are very committed to it. What they're committed to is a certain kind of film."
But what constitutes a "Star Wars" film? The recent episode The Last Jedi shattered the Star Wars fanbase, with many calling the movie a mess and not a Star Wars film, while others claimed it was the best thing to happen to a series that was getting predictable and using the same formula/characters/family.
The question of what constitutes a "Star Wars" film was at the center of the troubles for Solo: A Star Wars Story where a dispute between writers and directors ended with initial hires Chris Miller and Phil Lord being replaced in mid-production with Ron Howard.
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During their time on Solo: A Star Wars Story , original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller reportedly were going for a vibe similar to Guardians of the Galaxy . Lucasfilm’s second Star Wa... pic.twitter.com/AX7z3RPEkv
Lord and Miller were well-known filmmakers behind comedies like 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, and they wanted Solo to be similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, whereas writer Lawrence Kasdan did not want to go there.
"You can have fun with the tone but you never make fun of the tone, in my world," said Kasdan in an interview with son and co-writer Jon Kasdan. "We live in a very meta culture and there's a tendency to make fun of these things before they're even anything."
Last June, Lucasfilm made a stunning announcement: directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had been fired from the production of Solo: A Star Wars Story, several months... https://t.co/KRws0GsuZz— ekorpe_gh (@EkorpeG) May 16, 2018
The pains of finding a balance between the feel of the original Star Wars trilogy and bringing a new take to the galaxy has caused a lot of tension between Lucasfilm and creators they originally hired. For instance, Rogue One, the first Star Wars anthology film, saw Gareth Edward booted for Tony Gilroy, and 'Episode IX' saw the return of J.J. Abrams after Colin Trevorrow was let go due to creative differences with the studio. And let's not revisit The Last Jedi, please.
In the end, the battle over Solo saw a return to the vision that Lawrence Kasdan initially had for the character and for the series, and now fans get a chance to see what happened to Han all those years before he ended up in a cantina taking a job that would change the course of his life.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters this week on May 25!