‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff: Why Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Are Fired

Posted 2017/06/23 2376 0

Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are out. Ron Howard is in.

 

According to Variety, a person with knowledge of the production said that the chemistry between the directors and producer Kathleen Kennedy was never right.“It was a culture clash from day one,” the source said. “She didn’t even like the way they folded their socks.”

The source said that while Lord and Miller were supposedly hired for their vision and distinctive brand of filmmaking when it came to the “Star Wars” production, Kennedy did not approve of their shooting style and process of interacting with actors and crew. “They weren’t given the leeway to do what they had to do,” the source said.

The duo also clashed with co-writer and executive producer Lawrence Kasdan, who has been an integral creative part of several “Star Wars” movies, dating back the the 1980 “The Empire Strikes Back.” Like Kennedy, he questioned many of the pair’s directing choices. Lord and Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) have a comedic sensibility and improvisational style while Kasdan favors a strict adherence to the written word, what is on the page is what must be shot.

Lord and Miller have since released a statement, which reads: “Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. 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.“

Kennedy's statement reads: “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.”

She went on to reveal a new director would be announced shortly with Variety reporting Ron Howard is a chief name in the ring. It remains unclear how Lord and Miller will be credited on the film, if at all.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo and features Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, and Woody Harrelson. According to Disney, it will open on May 25, 2018, no matter who directs.

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