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Old 06-21-2017, 05:37 AM   #1
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Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are no longer directing the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff.

"Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon," Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said Tuesday in a statement.

"Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project," a statement from Lord and Miller read. "We normally aren’t fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew."

Lord and Miller, helmers of The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street, signed on to direct the Star Wars stand-alone in July 2015. The film features Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, while Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover also star.
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The word is Kathleen Kennedy wouldn't let them do their thing and is basically acting as a shadow director of all things Star Wars.
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Old 06-21-2017, 06:27 AM   #3
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I really hope they tap Lawrence Kasdan on the shoulder to take over directing this. An "Empire Strikes Back" feel for this movie would be perfect in my opinion.
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Old 06-21-2017, 06:33 AM   #5
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This needs a 12-inch tall singing baby Chewbacca.
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Old 06-21-2017, 06:50 AM   #6
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The word is Kathleen Kennedy wouldn't let them do their thing and is basically acting as a shadow director of all things Star Wars.
Well, it's essentially what they need to do in order to maintain the "Star Wars" feel and tone across all of the projects.

Signing on to direct a Star Wars or MCU film comes with the caveat that you simply won't have as much freedom as you would on other projects, due to the nature of what they're trying to do. If you're not willing to play ball...it's probably not worth the effort to try getting on board in the first place.
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Old 06-21-2017, 07:54 AM   #7
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Well, it's essentially what they need to do in order to maintain the "Star Wars" feel and tone across all of the projects.

Signing on to direct a Star Wars or MCU film comes with the caveat that you simply won't have as much freedom as you would on other projects, due to the nature of what they're trying to do. If you're not willing to play ball...it's probably not worth the effort to try getting on board in the first place.
It didn't work out too well for Rogue One. The director had his hands tied behind his back by Kathleen Kennedy and we ended up with mediocre shit.

Star Wars is becoming like the next Fast and Furious or Transformers. Big and flashy but the same thing year after year. That's the goal. They will never again reach the level of Empire Strikes Back in our lifetime.
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I agree with the criticisms...Disney is going for 'McDonald's' with Star Wars, same tasting product with each iteration. The problem is that just ends up tasting like boring cardboard after a while.

I doubt we'll be seeing much out of Star Wars that pushes into new creative frontiers ever under Disney. About as 'creative' as we'll get will be a black stormtrooper or a gay character. What creative bravery!
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It didn't work out too well for Rogue One. The director had his hands tied behind his back by Kathleen Kennedy and we ended up with mediocre shit.

Star Wars is becoming like the next Fast and Furious or Transformers. Big and flashy but the same thing year after year. That's the goal. They will never again reach the level of Empire Strikes Back in our lifetime.
Considering F&F franchise has two of only 6 movies which have crossed the billion dollar mark thanks to international box office and are some of the most profitable movies ever I'm guessing they aren't too worried about it.

Rogue One didn't do all that bad either with about $700m IIRC considering it was a spin off.
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So... they had comedy directors making this film!? Yeah, maybe this change is for the best...
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It didn't work out too well for Rogue One. The director had his hands tied behind his back by Kathleen Kennedy and we ended up with mediocre shit.

Star Wars is becoming like the next Fast and Furious or Transformers. Big and flashy but the same thing year after year. That's the goal. They will never again reach the level of Empire Strikes Back in our lifetime.
I liked Rogue One well enough. It did was it was supposed to do, I think. It's not a great film, but it was more than serviceable.

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I agree with the criticisms...Disney is going for 'McDonald's' with Star Wars, same tasting product with each iteration. The problem is that just ends up tasting like boring cardboard after a while.

I doubt we'll be seeing much out of Star Wars that pushes into new creative frontiers ever under Disney. About as 'creative' as we'll get will be a black stormtrooper or a gay character. What creative bravery!
I doubt things would have been much different if Lucas had actually continued running things and actually actively pursued new projects. Kathleen Kennedy was, after all, hand-picked by Lucas to run Lucasfilm after the sale and his departure. She worked with him for years and is essentially staying the course, more or less...aside from all of the "waiting to see what George wants to do" that occurred previously, of course.

We've seen what we get when George Lucas is fully in charge, refusing to collaborate with anyone while having absolute creative control.
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I somewhat enjoyed Rogue One, too. But damn does it ever feel like they took a prime cut of steak and rendered it down to an unseasoned greasy cheeseburger with white bread for a bun.
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Considering F&F franchise has two of only 6 movies which have crossed the billion dollar mark thanks to international box office and are some of the most profitable movies ever I'm guessing they aren't too worried about it.

Rogue One didn't do all that bad either with about $700m IIRC considering it was a spin off.
I care less about how many millions or billions of dollars they make than how great the movies are and their ability to stand the test of time individually. Nobody is going to remember Tranformers 4 or Fast and Furious 6 in ten years. Hell, they are largely forgotten not even months after opening.
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I liked Rogue One well enough. It did was it was supposed to do, I think. It's not a great film, but it was more than serviceable.
I think that is the problem. "servicable" isn't how I would want people to describe my AAA film franchise. While the bar was set super low when George Lucas screwed up Episode 1 - 3 I think we are very quickly reaching the point where these movies are not going to pull in $1 Billion per film if they continue to be average quality.

I saw the trailer for Black Panther and it was like "Meh". It looks exactly like all their other Wave 2 & Wave 3 films... ie, pretty average. Good, but not great.

They need to start figuring out how to raise the bar. Look at Cars 3, it did the worst of any film in the franchise and Cars 2 was generally considered to be terrible. (I don't remember hating it at the time, but we only saw it on home video so it wasn't like we were being that demanding on our Friday night viewing choices.)
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I care less about how many millions or billions of dollars they make than how great the movies are and their ability to stand the test of time individually. Nobody is going to remember Tranformers 4 or Fast and Furious 6 in ten years. Hell, they are largely forgotten not even months after opening.
When people stop paying they will change. I, for one, thought Rogue One was very well done and look forward to future movies with the same kind of consistent quality. Same for The Force Awakens.

Maybe eventually they'll start to grate on me like the Marvel movies have as they become more cookie cutter under the overseer Kevin Feige. This is particularly brought into contrast by how the new Fox movies (Deadpool and Logan) are putting the MCU to shame. That didn't make GoG2 any less fun though. I fear Zack Snyder will do the same with DCU. But for now I'm basking in being immersed one more time in a real Star Wars universe reminiscent of the one which captured me as a kid only (in the case of Rogue One) with even a little grit we haven't seen since Empire.

And I feel like I got my dollars worth with FF5/6/7. What more can you ask for with any more? If you are going to the movies for enlightenment you're looking in the wrong place.

p.s. That look of Alden Enderererefch looks fucking stupid. The little peach fuzz shadowing makes him look like a retarded Han Solo Action Figure in Retarded pose.
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Spinoff hell... where Star Wars goes to die. Hipster Solo for the Abercrombie & Fitch crowd. Bleh.
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Someone needs to dress up that actor as Pajama Boy. He has the smarmy hipster look down and just needs the proper clothing and accessories, lol.

It's irritating as hell just looking at him.
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I don't care. We're getting over-saturated with Star Wars already. Episode VII was pretty weak, Rogue One was boring, and Han Solo does not need an origin movie (some things should be left alone); I think this movie will ruin the character's legacy.
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