The expulsion of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the director’s chairs of Solo: A Star Wars Story is old news at this point. Since then, the film has wrapped under director Ron Howard, and we have been treated to a host of behind-the-scenes images, an actual title, etc. With production over, it’s a good time to wonder what Lord and Miller have to say about the whole fiasco?
Recently, at the Vulture Film Festival, the directing duo hosted a panel, and questions on the topic of the Han Solo spinoff came up (obviously). Here is their response regarding filming, and their termination from the project:
Lord: “The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful. We had the most incredible cast and crew and collaborators. I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That was a really big gap to bridge, and it proved to be too big. Sometimes people break up, and it’s really sad, and it’s really disappointing, but it happens and we learned a lot from our collaborators and we’re better filmmakers for it. We’re really proud of the work we did on the movie and we wish everybody the best.”
Miller: “We had such a great relationship with cast and crew, we were really rooting for them. After we took a much-needed vacation, we got back into it and now we’re writing and producing a sequel to The Lego Movie and producing a Miles Morales animated Spider-Man.”
Both directors have been very quiet about the incident, and judging from their responses, seemed to have taken the high road from the very start. That whole situation sounded unbelievably stressful. These two seem like true professionals, and it’s good to hear that they are keeping busy doing what they are best at.
Han Solo stars Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the famous smuggler, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Beckett (Solo’s mentor), Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Thandie Newton (Westworld), Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War), Ian Kenny (Sing Street), and Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi) in as-yet-unrevealed roles. It is set for release on May 25th 2018.