It seems that Han has been left alone (sorry), after directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have been dismissed from the spin-off of ‘Star Wars’.
The filming was at a very advanced stage, having recorded in London and the island of Fuerteventura and with a closed cast headed by Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke. However, the directors have been forced to abandon the project “for creative differences”.
“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have put together an incredible cast and crew, but it is clear that we have had different visions of this film, and we have decided to separate. We will announce a new director soon,” said Kathleen Kennedy, The boss of Lucasfilm. For his part, Lord and Miller have also released their own version.
“Unfortunately, our vision and process was not in sync with our peers on this project. We are not usually fans of the expression” creative differences, “but for once the cliché is true. Our cast and crew “.
The directors’ vision collided with that of Lawrence Kasdan, the screenwriter, who wrote this film along with his son Jon, who in turn signed the librettos of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Indiana Jones in Search of the Lost Ark.” Lord and Miller come from the field of comedy and have a style of improvisation, while Kasdan is stricter with the script and thinks that what is written is what has to be recorded as is.
The difference was also in Han Solo’s own character drawing: “People have to understand that Han Solo is not a comic personality. He’s sarcastic and selfish,” a source told The Hollywood Reporter.
Tension began in February, when filming began, but directors always thought the differences could be polished. The producer, Kathleen Kennedy, has decided to support her colleague, the scriptwriter who shaped the character played by Harrison Ford in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘The Return of the Jedi’, and had in mind a very specific tone for this spin -off. Also, the directors did not feel supported by the production company Allison Shearmur, who acted as representative of Lucasfilm in the shooting in London.
The production had entered a momentary hiatus to review the film and clarify the situation, but the directors, who had moved to London with their families, discovered on Monday that they were going to be fired, according to a source.
Media like The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline are already talking about names that are supposedly shuffled in the offices of Lucasfilm. Ron Howard (‘Rush’, ‘A Wonderful Mind’, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ …), but also has been mentioned in different media to Lawrence Kasdan himself (he has also directed films like ‘French Kiss’, and Joe Johnston, the director of ‘Jumanji’, ‘Jurassic Park III’ and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’.
Choosing Kasdan could bring trouble with the directors’ union, which is against a person involved in a film can replace the filmmaker once they reach a point of production.
Whoever is the chosen one, will work during the next weeks, with the production stopped, to review what filmed by Lord and Miller, to reedit the footage and “to leave from there”, according to the sources. In principle, the film was to be released in May 2018.