Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will no longer be directing the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff.
“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,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said Tuesday in a statement.
Lord and Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) first signed on to direct the film back in July 2015 and the film officially started shooting back in February of this year. The pair released the following statement, which echoes Kennedy’s claims of creative differences being the main reason for the split:
“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.”
According to the The Hollywood Reporter, sources indicate that there are still several weeks left on the shoot, with reshoots scheduled for later this summer. The release date of the film is still set for May 25, 2018, although that could very well change depending on how long the hunt for a new director takes.
The Han Solo film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson also star.
Admittedly, it’s hard not to read Lord and Miller’s departure as some sort of statement on the quality of the film itself, as I’ve thought it’s sounded like a terrible idea from the beginning. Hopefully I’m wrong and Disney has something special up their sleeve, but this is still a significant blow not only to the production itself, but to public perception of the film as well.