Phil Lord and Chris Miller drop out from the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off. However, there are reports saying that the directors didn’t simply dropped out but were actually fired by executive producer Kathleen Kennedy.
The directors and Lucasfilm have both released respectful statements after the sudden change and they cited creative differences.
“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said Tuesday in a statement.
“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project,” a statement from Lord and Miller read. “We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”
The update that the two actually got fired came immediately right after the news broke out that they are no longer taking the helm. The two blockbuster directors, who are best known for their comedies, clashed with the executive producer and president of Lucasfilm. Kennedy simply didn’t approve of the duo’s “comedic and improvisational” shooting style and “process of interacting with actors and crew.” She didn’t really give the directors “the leeway to do what they had to do.” Writer Lawrence Kasdan reportedly wasn’t happy with their directing choices either. This eventually resulted in“a very polarizing set,” which means that the people were divided on whom to follow.
Lucasfilm has released a statement that a new director will be assigned immediately. And it seems that Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Inferno) is the frontrunner. Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill, Silverado) have also been mentioned as possible replacements.
Even if there are only several weeks to spare (they started filming back in February), the release date of May 25, 2018 remains unchanged. The film features Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, while Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover also star.
Source: A.V. Club