Former Han Solo Directors Could Control Ron Howard's Version and Here's How

Posted 2017/06/24 2349 0

Han Solo could get a Phil Lord and Chris Miller Director’s Cut because of some rule.


The Wrap reports that it's these very circumstances that may allow them to edit their own Director's Cut of the film. The Director's Guild is the union that protects the rights of directors, while also guaranteeing them certain perks. Apparently, a little-known loophole exists in the rules of the Director's Guild that states that if a director is replaced after filming at least 90% of the movie, then they have a right to cut their own version. Here's the exact wording of the rule:

A director who is replaced after directing ninety percent (90 percent) but less than one hundred percent (100 percent) of the scheduled principal photography of any motion picture shall be the Director of the film entitled to all the post-production creative rights set forth.

Furthermore, it appears that nobody would be able to toss up roadblocks in front of Lord and Miller should they qualify to do a director’s cut. DGA rules say:

“No one shall be allowed to interfere with the director of the film during the period of the Director’s Cut. There shall be no ‘cutting behind’ the Director as that term is commonly understood in the motion picture industry.”

Phil Lord and Chris Miller were dismissed due to creative differences in the fourth month of production after clashing with producer and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan. Ron Howard, who’s a DGA national board member, was announced as the replacement on Thursday morning. Production will resume on July 10 and the untitled movie is still due to be released on May 25, 2018.

The DGA did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but it's obvious the lawyers and agents for the directors, Lucasfilm, and the DGA will be working some late hours trying to figure all this out.