Earlier tonight, Disney announced that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had departed production for the upcoming Star Wars spinoff featuring everyone's favorite scruffy-looking nerf-herder Han Solo. Statements from both Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the directing duo cited an amicable split due to "creative differences," but it seems there may be more to the story.
Variety reports that the film had trouble right from the get-go, and that the directors were actually fired from the project. “It was a culture clash from day one. She didn’t even like the way they folded their socks,” the unnamed source said. While it had appeared that Disney sought out the LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street directors for their signature voice, Lord and Miller were reportedly never granted the creative license they thought they would have during filming.
According to the report, the directors were also at odds with longtime Star Wars contributor Lawrence Kasdan, whose script credits include The Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens. “Kathy, her team and Larry Kasdan have been doing it their way for a very long time. They know how the cheese is made and that’s how they want it made,” the source explained. “It became a very polarizing set.”
It is unclear who will be taking up the title of director for the remainder of the Han Solo spinoff, but Lord and Miller may have already been looking ahead to their next directing gig, as reports have also surfaced that the pair have been in talks with Warner Bros. about returning to helm the upcoming Flash film, for which they wrote a treatment.
Based off a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the Han Solo film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams and Woody Harrelson. The as-yet-untitled Star Wars anthology film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.