Yes, citing “creative differences”, dynamic directing duo Christopher Miller and Phil Lord have departed the untitled Han Solo movie, the latest would-be Star Wars mega-hit.
The pair, seen above in happier times, previously gave us everything from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The LEGO Movie to 21 Jump Street (and its neighbour, 22 Jump Street). They’ve left mid-production, with filming having begun in February. They’d been working on the flick for almost two years.
In a fairly generic statement to starwars.com, the pair have said, “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.”
In response, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy stated “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.”
We’ve got a bad feeling about this…
The origin story of Han Solo, the movie stars Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures) as the popular space smuggler, and promises to deliver a big bunch of adventure involving his hirsute best buddy Chewbacca. Other stars on-board include Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and, of course, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian.
The movie had a planned release date of May 28, 2018. Stay tuned for further news as to whether or not this will now change – and for who gets to take over the directorial controls of the Millennium Falcon.