After months of reports and speculation, director Ron Howard has finally offered some insight into Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s exit from Solo: A Star Wars Story as directors.
Last June, it was revealed that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had made the decision to part ways the duo off of the Star Wars spin-off due to creative differences shortly before the production reached the end of its initial shooting schedule.
Lord and Miller had reportedly gone off script, against the wishes of Kennedy and franchise veteran screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, opting for an improvisational approach to the film rather than operating within the parameters set by the studio. Ron Howard would soon take over in an effort to keep the production on track in order to meet its scheduled release date, ultimately earning himself a sole director credit, with Lord and Miller credited as executive producers on the Han Solo origin tale.
While there has been no shortage of rumors surrounding Lord and Miller’s exit from the project — ranging from Kennedy having issues with how the duo interacted with the cast and crew to not shooting enough footage — Howard is setting the record straight, simply citing creative differences as the reason for their departure in the latest issue of Empire Magazine:
“If ever there was a completely honest version of creative differences, this is it.”
“I didn’t witness any of it. I came in, just picked up and went. I’m very grateful for much of the work [Lord and Miller] did. Yes, we took some of the sequences in different directions and experimented with them and there’s a great deal of myself in the movie now. But their fingerprints are all over it in ways that I’m very grateful for.”
Lord and Miller’s departure from the film sparked quite a debate over how the final product would turn out. Given the trailers seen in the past couple of months, it would seem that Howard has a firm grasp on a young Han Solo but only time will tell if Disney and Lucasfilm has another win on their hands with the latest entry into the anthology Star Wars series.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2018.
Source: Empire Magazine (via Comicbookmovie)