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Sun, May 27, 2018 9:50pm

And the play-it-safe version is bombing at the box office, so all that “course correction” seems to have been for nothing. They should have gone with Lord and Miller — a wacky and surprising film might have done better, or at the very least, been more fun to talk about.

And isn’t it interesting that the Star Wars movies that have made Disney the most money have all been female-led. I’m willing to bet all my cards in a sabacc game that a Leia origin movie would have made serious bank. Naturally, no one at Disney is even talking about it as a future film.

reply to  Bluejay
Sun, May 27, 2018 10:53pm

I’m not ready for a Leia movie, to be honest, but when we’ve had a few more years to mourn Carrie Fisher, I may discover that I’m very eager to see it.

The New York Times is reporting that most of the principal photography was completed before Ron Howard took over as director, and I’ve read elsewhere that the studio was concerned about the flat, sluggish performances under Lord and Miller’s direction. Alden Ehrenreich stole Hail, Caesar! from all the big-name stars, but most people seemed to think he was underwhelming as Han Solo. I felt the same way about the other cast members, who are all pretty phenomenal actors. (Paul Bettany was directed solely by Howard, and I thought this was his best performance in a long time.) If Lord and Miller are responsible for that, I wish they’d left the project even earlier.

reply to  Danielm80
Sun, May 27, 2018 11:09pm

Principal photography may have been completed before Howard came on, but the story is that he reshot 70% of the film.


Mon, May 28, 2018 9:09am

Reminds me of Star Trek Discovery, where Bryan Fuller was hired as showrunner, tried to do something vaguely original, and was promptly sacked in favour of Alex “I can do TV sci-fi in my sleep, and often have” Kurtzman. Don’t these people realise this is valuable IP they’re working on? The public don’t want originality, they want the same again only different. What, it isn’t a huge success? Must be because we allowed too many women on screen.