Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will no longer be directing the Han Solo film.
“We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true,” the pair said in a statement, citing a difference in vision and process.
Lord and Miller, who directed the Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, were signed-on to helm the Star Wars spinoff in 2015. Actors Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover and Woody Harrelson are set to star in the project, along with Alden Ehrenreich in the lead role. Shooting began in February this year and, despite the director crisis, the film is still set to be released 25th May 2018.
In a statement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed a new director would be announced soon, adding, “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.”
It’s news that we’re all too familiar with, after a flurry of similar creative conflicts in recent years. The last Star Wars spin-off Rogue One experienced similar issues, bringing in Tony Gilroy to fix up and reconceptualise the film that Gareth Edwards had put together.
Prequels are a sensitive issue in this franchise, let’s hope this ends well.