The forthcoming Han Solo prequel looks in serious doubt already after co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired just months into production.
Miller and Lord, whose previous work includes 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, were let go following “months of conflict” with producer Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan and several major figures at LucasFilm.
An inside source told Variety “it was a culture clash from day one … She [Kennedy] didn’t even like the way they folded their socks.”
Kasdan was also said to be less than keen on the direction the film was taking under the pair creating a tense atmosphere and “polarising set”.
Lord and Miller released a statement confirming their departures:
“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.”
Kennedy also released comment on the subject:
“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.”
This latest development is likely have alarm bells ringing among Star Wars fans over the proposed prequel starring Alden Ehrenreich in the role made famous by Harrison Ford.
It’s rare, if ever, for a film to emerge unscathed following this kind of change of direction with everything from Marvel’s Ant-Man effort to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Running Man emerging as compromised productions following similar upheaval.
Though Ron Howard is already being touted as a safe pair of hands and potential replacement for the duo, it appears Lucasfilm has very specific plans for the Han Solo spin-off and they don’t include much in the way of laughs.
Where Lord and Miller go from here, meanwhile, is unclear though with talk of a potential 21 Jump Street/Men In Black cross-over still in the air, the duo could be tempted to silence their critics with what would be a bold and highly inventive take on the sequel/reboot.
Whether the Han Solo movie ends up being that, however, is another matter altogether.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.