The directors of the forthcoming Star Wars Han Solo spin-off have parted ways with the studio midway through the film’s production.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that Phil Lord and Christopher Millerhad left the production due to “different creative visions” for the film, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young version of beloved Star Wars character Han Solo.
“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented film-makers 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,” Kennedy said.
Lord and Miller said in a statement: “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 cliche is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”
Lord and Miller made their name with a series of irreverent adaptations of The Lego Movie and the 21 Jump Street films. They signed on for the Han Solo spin-off in 2015 and had been working on the as-yet-untitled film at London’s Pinewood Studios.
Variety reports that their departure was a result of clashes with the studio and, in particular, with the screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the script for Empire Strikes Back and co-wrote the script for the new film. It has been suggested that Kasdan did not approve of Lord and Miller’s loose comedic style, and that Disney and Lucasfilm’s control over the production frustrated the directors.
Kennedy said in a statement that a new director would be announced soon. Deadline reported that Ron Howard is the current frontrunner. The film’s release date is set for 25 May 2018.