More details have emerged on last night’s shocking announcement Phil Lord and Christopher Miller would be stepping down as the directors of the untitled Han Solo film due to “creative differences”. It appears that the duo was actually fired by Kathleen Kennedy according to reports from both Variety and THR. Lord and Miller reportedly clashed with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy as well as screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. There was rumored to be tension from the very start. Apparently, Kasdan took issue with the directing choices of the duo, and Kennedy didn’t approve of the pairs “comedic improvisational” shooting style and “process of interacting with actors and crew.”
Lucasfilm may have already had a new director waiting in the wings before dropping the news on Lord and Miller, as Ron Howard is the rumored front-runner to take over the project. Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Kasdan (The Big Chill, Silverado) have also been mentioned as possible replacements. An announcement has to be coming very soon. Let us know who you’d want to see take over the project in the comments below.
The Untitled Han Solo film is scheduled to hit theaters May 25th, 2017.