There’s nothing we love more than Star Wars. And when we heard the new Han Solo spin-off was going to be directed by iconic director duo, Phil Lord and Chris Miller – we were pretty darn stoked. However, it seems our excitement was pretty short-lived, as they’ve now split from the production team. Boo.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller have built up a stellar reputation over the past few years as they put their directing and writing talents towards hit comedy movies such as The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street. The duo were hired by LucasFilm months ago to give a new tongue-in-cheek feel to the Star Wars spin-off (which we LOVE the idea of, by the way) and were a few weeks into filming when the production company fired them. At the moment, there’s no word over who will replace them…
The shock exit of the duo comes after months of public tension and conflict with the spin-off’s director, Kathleen Kennedy, as well as other high profile members of LucasFilm and executive producer, Lawrence Kasdan – so, pretty much everyone.The news came in an official statement yesterday, and it seems creative differences caused the shake-up.
Lord and Miller wrote:
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 cliche is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.
Kathleen Kennedy also released a statement,
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it has become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways.
Considering the duo have already put months of work into the movie, we’d like to think they would be credited – however, this decision remains to be seen. Kennedy has confirmed that there will be additional time added onto the development process to help get the new director up to speed and for any reshoots.
The new Han Solo movie is set to follow the life of the pilot’s early days (before his time on the Millennium Falcon) as a smuggler and will star Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, as well as Thandie Newton, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Michael K. Williams.
So far, Disney and LucasFilm are sticking to their release date of May 25, 2018 but we’re waiting to see if this shock development affects it in any way…