Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are no longer involved in the ongoing production of the Star Wars Han Solo anthology movie, due to industry clichéd “creative differences”, Lucasfilm president and film producer Kathleen Kennedy announced sometime last night. But there’s apparently been a lot of drama between the two directors, previously attached to the 21 Jump Street reboot and The Lego Movie, and Kennedy and other LucasFilm colleagues, including co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, since production started in January. TO THE GOSSIP-O-TRON!
“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented film-makers 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,” Kennedy explained in the official press stuff. “A new director will be announced soon.”
“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,” said Lord and Miller in their own statement. “We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”
But an anonymous source told Variety that the relationship between the directors and Kennedy was strained, and confirmed that they had, in fact, been fired.
“It was a culture clash from day one,” the source said. “She didn’t even like the way they folded their socks.”
I bet Leia didn’t like the way Han Solo folded his socks either, but she kissed him anyway. I guess she had to make up for kissing her brother that one time, though.
LucasFilm and Star Wars veteran Kasdan, whose work with the studio dates back to The Empire Strikes Back, also didn’t get on with them, and according to the report, “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,” the source added. “It became a very polarizing set.”
For a movie to be in this sort of trouble only six months into production is worrying, although its May 2018 launch date hasn’t been pushed back (yet).
The film stars Hail Caesar‘s Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, with Community‘s Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian.