Variety has revealed that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired off of the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story for repeatedly clashing with President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy.
Earlier tonight, it was reported Lord and Miller had exited the Han Solo spinoff over creative differences, however, the duo’s departure from the project was actually due to friction between them and the Lucasfilm President which a source close to the production told the trade “it was a culture clash from day one,” before adding that Kennedy “didn’t even like the way they folded their socks.”
The pair best known for directing The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street were reportedly shocked to discover they were not allowed the freedom to manage the set of the production that they experienced on previous projects and refused to accept Kennedy’s strict control on the project.
The trade also revealed that Kennedy did not approve of their shooting style as well as their process of interacting with the cast and crew, however, the source said the duo was not “given the leeway to do what they had to do,” in order to achieve their vision.
The source went on to reveal that it wasn’t just Kennedy the directors had issues with but the duo also clashed with franchise veteran, Lawrence Kasdan who wrote installments such as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and also co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the script for the Han Solo spinoff. The source explained that the set itself became “polarizing” and explained that thanks to their long history and experience with the franchise, Kasdan and Kennedy have a very clear vision for the film, telling the trade:
“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.”
It still remains unclear who will take over for Lord and Miller as director on the project but Kennedy has assured a replacement director will be announced soon. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.
The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story has been written by Lawrence Kasdan and son Jon Kasdan. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo along with Joonas Suotomo as Chewbacca and Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. The cast also includes Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams, and Ian Kenny.
The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is currently slated for release on May 25, 2018.