'Han Solo' Movie Loses Both its Directors as Phil Lord, Chris Miller Depart

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - 9:05PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Han Solo
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - 9:05PM
'Han Solo' Movie Loses Both its Directors as Phil Lord, Chris Miller Depart
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Bad news for the untitled Han Solo movie - despite starting filming all the way back in January, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (the pair behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street) have suddenly left the film.

The news was broken on the official Star Wars website, with creative differences between the pair and Lucasfilm being cited as the only reason for their departure. What specifically they feuded over isn't explained, but here's what little Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy could say on the matter:

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"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."
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If we had to guess, Lord and Miller have done almost entirely comedy/adventure movies up to this point, ones that leaned especially heavy on the comedy side. There's a good chance they were planning on doing the same for Han Solo - the movie's shooting title was jokingly called "Red Cup" as a play on Solo cups - and it may have gone too far for Lucasfilm's tastes. Star Wars movies generally make comedy an afterthought, with Rogue One and The Force Awakens limiting it to simple quips every now and then.

In a joint statement because Lord and Miller seem to do everything together, the two echoed Lucasfilm's sentiments, adding that they don't like saying "creative differences" normally:

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"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."
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The movie's been filming for months now and could be closed to finished, but even though the new director will inevitably want reshoots, Lucasfilm insists Han Solo will release on time. It's tough to predict who the new Han Solo director could possibly be, because besides some statements on the movie's origin story nature and Lord/Miller's occasional jokes, we still very little about this movie's tone.

But whatever it was, it's clearly not the tone Lucasfilm wanted. Which is a damn shame: Lord and Miller have yet to make a bad movie, with the Jump Street films and Lego Movie being critically acclaimed. Lucasfilm and Disney had some serious talent on their hands, so it's hard to imagine what caused them to drop it.

The untitled Han Solo movie is still planned to come out May 25, 2018, so we'll see how that goes.

Via: Hollywood Reporter
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