The behind-the-scenes drama of Solo: A Star Wars Story was fascinating enough to inspire its own movie, but while the firing of directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord might seem like a tragedy, the filmmakers seem to view as more akin to a romance that ran its course.
During a panel celebrating their 2002-2003 animated series Clone High, the directors finally opened up about the firing. “Sometimes people break up, and it’s really sad, and it’s really disappointing," Lord said, "but it happens and we learned a lot from our collaborators and we’re better filmmakers for it.” There was a cheer, and Lord added, “We’re really proud of the work we did on the movie and we wish everybody the best.”
Breakups can be hard, but it seems the two of them are handling the situation with maturity. “We’re super well-adjusted, obviously we’re doing great. We’re super-drunk right now," Miller quipped. There are plenty of fish in the sea, and there are plenty of movies that want Miller and Lord to stay involved. "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.”
The movie will of course still be released, almost completely re-shot by director Ron Howard. Usually, people dealing with high-profile Hollywood projects do their best to stay professional, but Miller and Lord's comments seem heartfelt.
Based on a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story 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 film arrives May 25, 2018.