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.

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.

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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