Intrigue and Drama on the Han Solo Set

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Ben Fritz on the behind-the-scenes of the latest Star Wars film:

Within days, Ms. Kennedy hired Mr. Howard, who like her and Mr. Kasdan rose to filmmaking fame in the 1980s and ’90s when Messrs. Miller and Lord were children. Mr. Howard worked faster than his predecessors, sometimes reshooting scenes in a few hours that Messrs. Lord and Miller spent a whole day on, one of the “Solo” actors said. About 70% of the finished movie came from scenes Mr. Howard shot, another person close to the production said.
“Ron wanted to go back to the spirit of the original trilogy, while Phil and Chris were looking forward to something new, more like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ” this person said.

I haven't seen Solo myself yet. I have tickets for next week, but I'm simply not that jazzed about it. Maybe it's Star Wars fatigue or maybe it's something else. I'm honestly not sure, but I'm also clearly not alone

What's crazy to me is that despite all the drama on set -- per above, they reworked/reshot 70% of the movie?! -- the reviews aren't terrible. This was the same case for Rogue One, which had similar drama, albeit to a far less extent -- the film was apparently re-cut with some re-shoots -- and I actually really liked Rogue One. And then there was the Episode IX drama (not to mention some of the Last Jedi drama).

It's wild that Disney can have one property that is the epitome of franchise execution (Marvel), and another that is kind of a continual clusterfuck (Star Wars post-The Force Awakens). I suppose it will be good to have J.J. Abrams back as a calming and guiding... force (forgive me). But you can't help but wonder if Disney doesn't need another Kevin Feige here (beyond Kathleen Kennedy, who is President of Lucasfilm but doesn't seem to have full creative control over the story timelines in the same way). Not that we should feel too sorry for them...

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