Han Solo movie loses directors after four-plus months of shooting

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Jun 20, 2017

You know that Han Solo movie that we’ve been looking forward to since he first appeared in 1977 with a fast ship and a low-slung blaster? You know, the one that was announced in 2015?

Well, the film just lost its dual directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

After four+ months in production, clearly Disney/Lucasfilm just weren’t into them.

According to StarWars.com,

“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,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

“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,” stated Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

[UPDATE] That's apparently the nice way of saying it though, as according to Variety:

The directors did not leave the production voluntarily, but were fired by LucasFilm. The decision comes as the Han Solo film still has several weeks left to shoot, according to another individual with knowledge of the production. An additional several weeks of reshoots have been planned to take place later this summer.

Just the same, StarWars.com announced it was keeping the film's scheduled release date, May 25, 2018. But damned if I don’t sense a disturbance in the Force.

Obviously, Disney wants to keep its initial release date for sentimental, as well as monetary reasons: Star Wars was released on May 25, 1977, and Memorial Day Weekend is practically a money-printing opportunity. But the new director(s) will need time to envision and construct his or her own approach. And no one, but no one, wants to see a rushed production.

The stakes will be high for this director—even higher than Solo’s odds in an asteroid field.

Who will be the new director for the Han Solo solo movie? Only Disney knows for sure. But be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments.

(via Hollywood Reporter)