Philip Lord and Chris Miller (Jump Street films and The LEGO Movie) will no longer be directing the untitled Han Solo Star Wars spinoff.
The two were named the directors of the spinoff back in July 2015, with Alden Ehrenreich taking on the iconic role just last year. That was followed by Donald Glover joining as Lando Calrissian, and Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge joining for other supporting roles. More on the story below.
The news was posted on the official Star Wars website. It appears that creative differences caused the directors and Lucasfilm to go their separate ways. Though that is the typical go-to reason for anything like this, the timing of this is very concerning.
From Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy:
“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.”
Lord and Miller also released a statement, saying:
“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.”
Production on the still yet to be titled Han Solo standalone flick started back in January of this year, with three more weeks of production remaining on the schedule. THR says there will be additional reshoots taking place over the summer. Which begs the question, what could have gone wrong during the course of that time for the split to happen.
It’s one thing for a director to leave a project before production starts. We’ve seen that happen plenty of times before. Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, Michelle MacLaren walked away from Wonder Woman, and most recently Tim Miller said he would not return to direct Deadpool 2. But for two directors to leave during production, with three weeks of shooting left on the schedule no less, that is not a very good sign.
Still, the site says the film will stick to its May 2018 release. While we know the film will take us back to Solo’s early days of interstellar smuggling, the film was said to have a western-vibe to it. It was also going to be one of Lawrence Kasdan‘s final Star Wars scripts. He co-wrote it with his son Jon Kasdan.
[Source: Star Wars | THR ]