Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Lucasfilm is parting ways with Untitled Han Solo Film directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, citing “different creative visions” as the reason. A statement posted on the studios website by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed the news earlier this afternoon:
“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.”
Lord and Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) also released a joint statement giving their perspective on the change:
“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.”
Untitled Han Solo Film began filming at Pinewood Studios on January 30th 2017 under the working title Star Wars: Red Cup, with principal photography having started on February 20th. Though the directorial change will be happening in the middle of principal photography, the film is still expected to make its May 2018 release date.
(Anyone have Joss Whedon‘s number?)