When it was announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go half way thru production of Solo: A Star Wars Story last year, I was wondering how much of their footage would actually still be in the film.

Would this be another Justice League debacle where Joss Whedon took over for Zack Snyder and it was pretty much an all Whedon film?

Well, Ron Howard has finally spoken about it and he won’t say anything. I’ll let him explain:

“I know Chris and Phil. They’re incredibly talented guys, and all anyone at Imagine Entertainment wants to do is find a way to work with Chris and Phil, and that’s every bit as much the case today as ever. But when I learned that this change was happening, it just came in a moment where I was working on lots of new projects for Imagine, and I had not planned to direct anything last year. So then this came my way, and I was talking to Kathy, and the now tragically late Alli Shearmur, an old friend. I was reluctant, but I also began to feel that I could help.”

He added:

“It’s disappointing that any company ever feels like they have to make a change like that. It’s rough on everybody and disappointing for everybody, and I’ve just tried to come in and — of course, Phil and Chris’s fingerprints are all over the movie, given how much they put into it and the time they put into it. I hope fans won’t even think about how the movie was made. They should just lose themselves in it.”

There you have it, simple and sweet. You can’t blame Howard for wanting to keep this whole thing hush hush. He’s always been a great director and he’s always seemed like the sweetest guy you’d ever work with on set.

We’ll just have to find out in May how much of Lord and Miller’s “fingerprints” we’ll be able to see.

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