WTF Movie News of the Day - Phil Lord and Chris Miller leave Han Solo movie over "creative differences"
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In a surprise announcement, Chris Miller and Phil Lord have mutually agreed with Disney to step down as directors of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Prequel.
The film started shooting back in February and there were only a couple of weeks and then reshoots left - it's hard to think of any film where the directors have left the project so late on.
According to an article on The Hollywood Reporter, Kathleen Kennedy allegedly took the decision to fire Lord and Miller during a break from filming following tensions on the set. The report suggests that duo's directing style was at odds with the Kasdan's script.
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Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm released a statement overnight saying "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".
Chris Miller and Phil Lord added "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."
The Han Solo movie is currently scheduled to arrive in cinemas in May 2018, but this date is now clearly in question. We wouldn't be surprised to see it slip back to December. A new director is now being sought and names including Ron Howard and Joe Johnston have been mentioned as being considered.