Friday, March 23, 2018

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Say They Will Be Credited As "Executive Producers" On 'Solo'

By: Dominic Jones

The former directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story have shared how they will be credited on the film they left over creative differences after shooting for several months.  Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were first announced as the directors of the young Han Solo film (now titled Solo: A Star Wars Story) spoke at the GLAS Animation Festival in Berkley today and revealed what many have been wondering since they left the project back in June of last year.

Chris Miller told the audience,

"We were really proud of the many contributions we made to that film. In light of the creative differences, we elected to take an executive producer credit."

Ron Howard was brought in to replace Lord and Miller shortly after their departure in June 2017.  The duo, who are best known for The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, had begun principle photography on the film several months earlier in January.  They left the project with just weeks of filming left to be completed, however Howard reshot much of this when he was brought in a few weeks later.

As for the creative differences Miller spoke about, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy addressed this recently, saying,

"I think these guys are hilarious, but they come from a background of animation and sketch comedy and when you are making these movies you can do that and there’s plenty of room for improvisation, we do that all the time, but it has to be inside of a highly structured process or you can’t get the work done and you can’t move the armies of people to anticipate and have things ready. So, it literally came down to process. Just getting it done."

Reportedly, these factors caused Lord and Miller to clash with some department heads, as well as with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and producer, the late Allison Shearmur.  This tension on the set eventually boiled over and led to their departure from the project.  Comments from Phil Lord at the Vulture Festival back in November paint a similar picture.  Lord said,

"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."

Some of what Lord and Miller shot will still wind up in the finished film, however how much will likely never be revealed.  When asked about it a few months ago, Howard said,

"I don’t really want to explain it. I don’t really want to be specific about that because, again, I don’t even want that to matter to fans. I could understand why you’d ask, and some might even be curious, but look, everybody who has been involved in this has done nothing but love what this movie could be, and that’s been the vibe around it. I think audiences are gonna feel that love and excitement."

Despite what Howard says, who shot what will almost assuredly become a game fans play following the film's release in theaters and for quite sometime afterwards.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25th, 2018 and stars Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!) as Han Solo, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Qi'Ra, Woody Harrelson (True Detective) as Beckett, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) as L3-37, Thandie Newton (Westworld) as Val, and Paul Bettany (The Avengers) as Dryden Vos.  The film is directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), with a script by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) and his son Jon Kasdan (The First Time).

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