This news broke last night, and it’s really a shocker. Han Solo directors Lord & Miller have been fired after clashing with producer Kathleen Kennedy.
From day one Miller and Lord were apparently shocked to find that they were not being given the freedom to run the production in the same manner that they were accustomed to.
Variety quotes a person with knowledge of the production said that the chemistry between the directors and Kennedy was never right.
“It was a culture clash from day one,” the source said. “She didn’t even like the way they folded their socks.”
The source also said that while Lord and Miller were supposedly hired for their vision and distinctive brand of filmmaking when it came to the “Star Wars” production, Kennedy did not approve of their shooting style and process of interacting with actors and crew. “They weren’t given the leeway to do what they had to do,” .
In statements accompanying news of the directing shakeup, both Kennedy and Lord and Miller alluded to differing visions for the project.
“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,” said Lord and Miller in a statement.
Kennedy has promised a new director would be announced shortly. Sources say Ron Howard is in talks to take over the film, but this is just rumored at this point. Joe Johnston´s name has also been floating around today as a possibility.
Kennedy said in a statement,
“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.”
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.
It’s not clear who will take over directing duties from Lord and Miller, but there was news that DC was in talks with them to possibly take the reigns on The Flash movie for Warner and his Brothers. But who knows ?