And apparently according to Deadline Ron Howard is the studio’s top choice to take over directing duties and finish the still untitled Han Solo movie.
This is not the sort of news you want to hear in regard to a film’s that’s currently in the middle of production. “Creative Differences” strikes again and director duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the Han Solo movie after four months of principle photography. Lucasfilm president Katherine Kennedy had this to say about the matter:
“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. A new director will be announced soon.”
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who previous helmed hits like 21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie and 22 Jump Street, said this:
“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.”
For now Disney are sticking to their planned May 25th 2018 released date for the film, so I’m guessing they’re about done with principle photography on this, unless they need to reshoot most of Lord and Miller’s work, which would be very expensive and extremely dumb. Shake-ups like this so late into production are never a good thing and I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I’m currently a lot less excited about this Han Solo movie than I was a month ago. Not saying Ron Howard (or whoever ends up finishing the movie) is a bad director, but I was much more interested in Lord and Miller’s vision for this Star Wars story.