Phil Lord and Chris Miller announced their departure from the much-anticipated untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie 2 days ago; stating:
“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.”
Though directors leaving projects at some point during production is not that uncommon nowadays, what is particularly odd about this situation is that Lord and Miller were really close to wrapping up and getting ready for editing and post-production treatment.
Why did they leave?
The reason given as to why the two (or three technically) parted ways was that Lord and Miller were unable to fully understand the character of Han Solo, with a Disney insider stating:
“People need to understand that Han Solo is not a comedic personality. He’s sarcastic and selfish.”
Which, if this was the issue, then shouldn’t they have realized this beforehand when they hired the guys behind The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, and Lego Batman?
Who is taking over?
Regardless, a new director has been brought in to finish what Lord/Miller started.
Ron Howard, whose previous works include The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind, and the hip-hop documentary Made in America, will handle the helmless and still untitled Han Solo film.
No word has been said on whether Howard will only work on the last remaining pieces left to shoot, or also go back and change previously filmed scenes.
Though many of us would have enjoyed seeing a more comedic Han Solo, it makes sense that Disney wants to preserve the Han Solo introduced to us in 1977.
And then again in 1981.
And one last time in 1993.