So now here are my serious thoughts on the Han Solo movie drama. Believe it or not, I think that Lucasfilm taking steps to fix a broken project is more reassuring than anything, and I trust their judgement. They haven’t let me down yet, and when they made a similarly late in the game move to fix Rogue One’s problems, it resulted in my favorite Star Wars film of all. (Reminder that RO succeeded in large part because of the the reshoots, not in spite of them.)
I never really trusted that the style of Lord and Miller would work for Star Wars. They are good at comedy but I don’t think they can balance it well with the sincere mythology that Star Wars also needs. And knowing now that their primary creative conflict was with Lawrence Kasdan, I’m thinking Lucasfilm made the right move. Kasdan really gets Solo. He wrote Empire and ROTJ. He felt that Lord and Miller were misreading Han’s character and I would definitely trust Kasdan over them.
Lucasfilm wouldn’t have made this risky a move if there wasn’t a serious problem that needed fixing. And Lucasfilm has higher standards for quality and the integrity of the Star Wars canon than other studios. That’s why they have story group. Making moves to fix movies is something more studios should do imo.
So while I’m still not particularly invested in this film, I’m interested in seeing how this plays out and if it makes the film better. But based on Lucasfilm’s past decisions in the new canon, I trust that this was a necessary move made for good reason.