The Somehow Still Untitled Han Solo Joint Finally Gets A Title
After months and months of disaster rumors, Ron Howard not only cleaned house but names the Why Is This Still Untitled Han Solo Movie.
It’s been a long road to finishing Disney and Lucasfilm’s first potential disaster in the Star Wars canon since buying Lucasfilm in 2012. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a $2 Billion dollar hit, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently tracking to do the same. With the first stand-alone, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also crossing the billion-dollars-in-revenue mark, the pressure is high to keep the trains rolling on time.
That’s why it was *such* a huge deal this past June, when, with only five weeks of filming left on a 20+ week shoot, Kathleen Kennedy unceremoniously fired Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the indie comedy duo brought on to direct the Han Solo film. Not only did they claim the two weren’t shooting enough material, and what they were shooting was “Ace Ventura: Space Smuggler,” there still was no name.
Kennedy was quick to grab one of the best names in the movie business to right the ship. Ron Howard is the type who understands that some filmmaking it’s about your ego, it’s about House Codes. He also did something absolutely unprecedented by any Star Wars filmmaker: he took pictures on set and tweeted them out, defying the “spoiler culture” that has a nearly unhealthy level grip on the production studio. I highly doubt any of those images (even the ones that aren’t of semi-neatly coiled electrical cables) are anything more than outtakes and behind the scenes style footage. But it’s still a huge step in allowing the fans to see the process, and hyping the movie in a way that hasn’t been done before.
In that vein, with filming wrapped, Howard put out a tweet this afternoon thanking the cast and crew for all their hard work and dedication (though not mentioning he basically had them reshoot enough to replace the entirety of everything Lord & Miller did.) And then he asked the $64 thousand dollar question: “Can we even say the name of the movie?”
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
So there it is y’all. So simple, I can’t believe they didn’t release it until now. So simple, it’s probably been staring them right in the face while they struggled to come up with something “more clever” for nearly a year.
Solo: A Star Wars Story.
And thank you, Ron Howard, for every pin stuck in this idiot spoiler culture balloon that was placed over your tenure. We salute your position.
This is not the first Star Wars film from the reboot to have issues. Rogue One also underwent tons of reshoots. Most forget now, but so did The Force Awakens — so much so a making-of book was scrapped at the time to hide it. Episode IX also had a bumpy ride, one unsteady enough to move the original release date from May of 2019 to December.
But the Solo movie’s problems have seemed much bigger, and one reason why is that, up until now, all three of the above Star Wars films have been ones with women as the lead characters. This will be the first to go back to the original model of a male-centric Star Wars story. Yes, Though I doubt that’s at the forefront of everyone’s minds, it feels like some of the panic, especially from some quarters of Twitter, has been quietly related that the first movie to go bust would be the older school return to 1970s (and 1990s) form.
For the sake of the franchise, (and for Ron Howard’s crusade against spoiler culture) I certainly hope not. But the irony, if it is, will run deep indeed.