Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) were ousted from the helm of Solo: A Star Wars Story last summer. This was a surprising turn of events. Even though there were reports of "creative differences" on set between them and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan, they were more than halfway done with shooting. Ron Howard stepped in to direct the rest of the film, and he is the one who will get the "Directed By" credit on the film.
But what about Lord and Miller? The DGA won't allow multiple directorial teams to receive credit, but they deserve some recognition for the time they put in on the film.
According to Variety, the pair appeared at the GLAS Animation Festival in Berkeley, California, and told the crowd they would receive executive producer credits on Solo: A Star Wars Story. “We were really proud of the many contributions we made to that film,” they told the audience. “In light of the creative differences, we elected to take an executive producer credit.”
The DGA generally allows production companies to decide who is listed as director, though parties can appeal to the DGA directly. It appears that Lord and Miller have decided on an executive producer credit instead of fighting Lucasfilm/Disney's decision.
Executive producer credits are a bit nebulous. On films, they generally refer to the "boss" of the film or studio, and generally represent someone who has contributed financially to a production. They do not often have a lot of creative input, and are rarely on set. But hey, they have a credit on a Star Wars film!
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a standalone film set before the original 1977 Star Wars: A New Hope that focuses on Han Solo. Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Donald Glover star. Solo will hit theaters May 25.