Phil Lord & Chris Miller Quit Untitled Han Solo Spinoff

It was revealed late last night that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have parted ways with the currently untitled Han Solo Movie.

In a nutshell

The directing duo, best known for the Lego Movie, and 21 / 22 Jump Street cite ‘creative differences’ as the reason for the sudden departure.

The film was 5 months into production and everything we’ve seen and heard about the production looked promising. However it would seem there was something that didn’t align with the vision at Lucasfilm.

Should we be worried?

Directorial change is not uncommon these days in filmmaking, we saw Tony Gilroy step in to assist on Rogue One, Joss Weedon has stepped in for Zack Snyder on the Justice (due incredibly unfortunate circumstances), so I don’t think Star Wars fans need to be worried.

This seems like Lucasfilm weren’t happy with the first 5 months of filming, knowing the previous work of these two talented directors, it is likely that the comic approach may have created dividing opinion, it was also suggested that Miller and Lord were improvising with the script and Lawrence Kasdan was keen for them to stick more ridgedly.

To be fair, it is Larry Kasdan.

This decision reaffirms in my mind that Lucasfilm know what they are doing, they are very protective of our universe, and rather than let a hap hazard off brand project go through to completion, they are willing to make the hard calls.

It’s been a weird week for Star Wars, following the release of ‘The Book of Henry’ there are growing concerns about  Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow, but that’s a conversation for another post..

Who would you like to step up to the table and take over the project? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Here is the statement release by Lucasfilm, Miller & Lord following the news:

The untitled Han Solo film will move forward with a directorial 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,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.“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,” stated Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.The untitled Han Solo film remains scheduled for a May 2018 release.

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