Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Marvel's Kevin Feige Empathizes With Kathleen Kennedy's Han Solo Troubles

By: Benjamin Hart

The big news on everyone's minds lately has been the major director shakeup for the upcoming Han Solo standalone film. After the projects original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were allegedly fired, Ron Howard was brought on to finish the film. This understandably raised a lot of concerns among fans and has gotten people talking about this extremely rare situation.

One of the latest people to weigh in the Han Solo turmoil is Marvel's Kevin Feige, who is currently leading the charge for that franchise's much loved Cinematic Universe. Feige is one of the few people in the industry that can truly understand Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy's predicament, considering his position as head of Marvel Studios is not unlike hers. In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies while promoting Spider-Man: Homecoming, Kevin Feige spoke about his point of view on Han Solo situation and his empathy for Kennedy

“Kathy’s an unbelievable inspiration over the past few years that I’ve been lucky enough to get to know here. All the movies she’s made became the reason that I wanted to make moves. Being on the inside of any movie you understand. You’ve got to oversee the whole thing and take care of the vision of the overarching film. I would trust Kathy with any of the decisions she has to make, because she’s been making them amazingly for 30-plus years.”

While not quite on the scale of the Han Solo debacle, Marvel Studios has also dealt with it's fair share of recent director problems. Patty Jenkins was originally selected to helm Thor: The Dark World, but left the project early on(and went on to direct Wonder Woman) and was subsequently replaced by Alan Taylor. Perhaps Marvel's most high profile shakeup was when Edgar Wright exited Ant-Man after years of working on the project to be replaced by Peyton Reed. The difference with Han Solo is both of the aforementioned incidents arose prior to production kicking into high gear, whereas Lord and Miller were months into principal photography when they got the boot.

It will be very interesting to see how the rest of the production fares under Ron Howard's leadership. The untitled Han Solo film is slated for release on May 25th, 2018.

Source: Yahoo Movies

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