The president of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy announced on Tuesday that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller would no longer be directing the Han Solo spinoff movie. In a statement she said:
“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.”
The duo had this to say on leaving the project:
“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”
They are known for directing The Lego Movie and the hit comedies 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street. They signed on to direct the Star Wars spinoff back in 2015. However, there has been no news on a delay on the film’s release and it is still scheduled for May 25th, 2018.
It is worth noting that the film has been shooting since January so a good chunk might have to be re-shot depending on the vision of the new director. Details of the spinoff have slowly been leaking over the past few months but neither the cast or anyone else had hinted at this development so it will certainly come as a shock to Star Wars fans.
However according to Variety, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were actually fired from the Han Solo pic by Kathleen Kennedy. Variety reports:
Their exit comes after months of conflict with producer Kathleen Kennedy, others from her LucasFilm team, and co-writer and executive producer Lawrence Kasdan […] Miller and Lord were stunned to find that they were not being granted freedom to run the production in the manner that they were accustomed to. They balked at Kennedy’s tight control on the set.
There seems to have been a serious culture clash as Variety’s source reports that Kathleen “didn’t even like the way they folded their socks”. Whilst they were hired for their distinctive brand of filmmaking, Kennedy did not approve of their on-set shooting style and interaction with the actors and the crew. “They weren’t given the leeway to do what they had to do” Variety’s source said.
Moreover, Variety further states that:
The duo also clashed with 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.
“Kathy, her team and Larry Kasdan have been doing it their way for a very long time. They know how the cheese is made and that’s how they want it made,” said the source. “It became a very polarizing set.”
The developments on this story have been coming in fast since the news first hit of their exit from the project, given the situation it certainly makes more sense for them to have been fired than to leave on their own accord.
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