Phil Lord And Christopher Miller Part Ways With ‘Untitled Han Solo’ Movie Due To ‘Creative Differences’
In a statement from Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, here is what she said regarding the directing change:
“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.”
Now for those of you who are unfamiliar with Lord and Miller, both had worked on projects like the Lego Movie as well as both 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. Considering their success, both were fresh faces in their field and their work on these films helped bolster their selection to helm the Han Solo film. There aren’t any details regarding exactly what differences the company and the duo had, but they were obviously significant enough to cause them to step down from such a major project.
The pair also released a statement regarding the split,
“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.”
Interesting for them to call the term “creative differences” a cliché. It looks like they understand the industry pretty well to know that it’s used as an excuse for many things, but it looks like this time it’s the real reason. Hopefully whatever happened, Lucasfilm can find their replacements quickly enough to really stay on track. It would be unfortunate, but understandable if they had to move from that date. It would also be unfortunate if this had some kind of ripple effect with the rest of Lucasfilm’s schedule of Star Wars spin-off films.
The Untitled Han Solo film is scheduled for release on May 25, 2018.