In Solo A Star Wars Story, a battle for the soul and tone of Star Wars

By: AP | Cannes |
Published: May 18, 2018 5:52:35 pm

Solo: A Star Wars Story will release on May 25.

When JJ Abrams was a Star Wars novice, Lawrence Kasdan, the writer of The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi, had some advice for him: Star Wars is not important. “But what is important is the way people feel about it,” said Kasdan. “And they are very committed to it. What they’re committed to is a certain kind of film.”

The question of what constitutes a Star Wars film — how it should feel and what it should sound like — was at the center of the battle over the Han Solo spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story and the dispute that resulted in directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord being replaced in mid-production with Ron Howard. Though the pace and improvisational manner of Lord and Miller’s direction was part of the clash, the main…

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