Chris Miller & Phil Lord

Former Han Solo directors break silence about getting booted from Star Wars movie: There was ‘a really big gap to bridge’

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Nov 20, 2017

In June, Chris Miller and Phil Lord were infamously fired from the stand-alone Han Solo movie in what essentially amounted to a Death Star-size nuclear blow-up within the Star Wars cinematic universe.

Now the onetime Star Wars directors are opening up about the ouster, with Lord saying the duo remain “proud” of their work but that the project ultimately had “a really big gap to bridge.”

“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful. We had the most incredible cast and crew and collaborators,” Lord explained at a panel talk at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles Sunday. “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.”

He also noted, “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,” and added: “We’re really proud of the work we did on the movie.”

Miller, meanwhile, echoed Lord’s sentiments. “As Phil said, we had such a great relationship with cast and crew, we were really rooting for them,” he explained, before providing an update on the duo’s latest projects. “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.”

Miller and Lord were tapped by Lucasfilm to helm the Han Solo prequel — whose title has since been revealed simply as Solo: A Star Wars Story — as part of the company’s aggressive efforts to bolster its slate with a string of stand-alone movies set outside the saga’s cluster of trilogies, and which expand the saga’s canon.

They were fired in June amid reports that the directors’ more comedy-focused take on the Han Solo origin story differed drastically from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s more reverential approach to the Star Wars mythos.

In a statement, Lucasfilm cited “different creative visions on this film” as the reason for the ouster, while the directors themselves stated that “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 cliche is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has since gone on to take the directorial reins of the project, bringing in new cast members like Paul Bettany and finally revealing the film’s title in October.

Solo: A Star Wars Story makes the jump to lightspeed in theaters on May 25.

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