Production on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars spin-off has hit some bumps after directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were forced to part from the project. The pair have cited “creative differences” as reason for their departure.
Lord and Miller reportedly had divided opinions from the start, and the consistent conflict with producer Kathleen Kennedy and executive producer and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan simply reached its limit. Set on doing it their way, it seems the directors were unwilling to align their approach with the production team.
Lord and Miller were first hired for their creativity and visionary approach to film; their work on 21 Jump Street, its sequel, and The Lego Movie showcase what success can be achieved when their collaboration goes well. Unfortunately, the Star Wars franchise will no longer be an active part of their repertoire.
The film in question, written by Lawrence Kasdan and son Jon Kasdan, is a prequel focusing on Han Solo’s origins prior to A New Hope. Lawrence Kasdan also had a hand in co-writing The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens.
Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as a young Han Solo and Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Woody Harrelson will also star in the picture.
Despite the setback, the May 25, 2018 release date remains unchanged. Re-shoots are expected to take place later this summer under a new director, with some reports suggesting that Ron Howard will take the chair. Whatever happens, there is certainly a lot of anticipation surrounding the film and it’s likely to do well at the box office.