On Tuesday, news broke that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had exited the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story, citing creative differences as the reason behind their departure. Shortly after it was reported that the duo were fired following months of conflict with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Now, Entertainment Weekly has revealed new details on the reason behind the differences and why both parties could not come to understanding or compromise on their respective visions for the project.
According to EW’s sources, Lord and Miller had been making the film more of a comedy than a space fantasy ever since production began at the end of January, diverting from the script written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan:
“They thought they were brought on to make a Phil and Chris movie… Sometimes they just thought the actors could do it differently.”
The improvisation by the cast and the unscripted ideas by the filmmaking duo significantly changed the film’s story, with the directors and producers ultimately having different visions key scenes. With Lord and Miller reportedly refusing to compromise on their vision, making changes during reshoots was an unlikely solution to the conflict.
Kennedy wanted what was best for the project and hoped the filmmaking duo would make the film as she envisioned based on her long history of proven experience. Unfortunately, the duo did not deliver to the Lucasfilm president’s satisfaction as Lord and Miller were reportedly informed of their termination on Monday and production was put on hold.
Today, Ron Howard officially replaced the duo as director on the film. Howard will have two weeks to form a plan and finish the film on time or with little extension to the schedule as possible. The outlet’s sources said Lord and Miller hold no ill-will towards Howard as “somebody has to take over the movie.”
While Lord and Miller may have met with DC Films about The Flash, representatives for the filmmakers declined to comment on if the duo might return to the project.
How do you feel about these details on how the conflict between the directors and producers unfolded? Share your thoughts below!
Written by Lawrence Kasdan and son Jon Kasdan, The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Michael K. Williams and Ian Kenny.
The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is currently slated for release on May 25, 2018.
7 ‘Star Wars’ Anthology Movies We Should See Next
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is turning out to be a huge win for Disney and Lucasfilm in terms of both box office and overall critical acclaim. The grand experiment to see if fans of Star Wars are willing to see something vastly different from the episodic Skywalker saga led to a pretty inarguable conclusion, so of course we’re going to get even more of these “anthology” movies Disney has already admitted they want to keep making forever.
A young Han Solo and Lando Calrissian movie is in the works, probably tying in Boba Fett, as well, and rumors tells us that we could get a bounty hunter movie, a young Yoda spinoff, and just about anything else you can imagine that borrows from familiar franchise lore.
Personally, I find the idea of delving into established characters a bit reductive, in the sense that these “character prequels” have already proven to be far less interesting than something like Rogue One, which offers new faces and story arcs that happen ancillary to the main event. Unless they pull off a miracle with “Young Han Solo” by breaking this convention, I’m having a hard time looking forward to anything featuring the backstory of characters who’ve already had their time to shine.
The 9 movies I think Disney and Lucasfilm should make next are definitely departures to the formula in some ways, similar to how Rogue One let itself be a gritty war drama instead of a hero’s journey epic, not that Star Wars should avoid anything resembling the main franchise as long as it adds a new flavor to the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.
Let’s begin, then, with a trip that’s longer ago than any Star Wars movie yet…