From conception to release, a lot of factors can change a film. Ron Howard, who took over as director for Solo: A Star Wars Story after the departure of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, is no stranger to the process. In fact, at one point Howard was even courted to direct a completely different prequel in the Star Wars saga.
Speaking to Total Film, Howard revealed that George Lucas offered him the director gig for Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace in a very unusual way:
It was a casual conversation in a car park. It was not like I read a script and weighed it carefully.
It makes sense that Howard would be offered to direct The Phantom Menace. After all, Lucas produced Howard’s cult classic fantasy film Willow back in 1988. Howard, however, nearly immediately refused the proposal, saying:
It was a knee-jerk reaction because I immediately felt like George should do it.
Whatever your thoughts are on The Phantom Menace, there’s no denying that it was all Lucas’s vision. Without him at the helm, The Phantom Menace would likely have not been the cultural touchstone it is seen as now- for better or worse.
Source: Digital Spy
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