Phil Lord, Christopher Miller on Han Solo film exit: 'We wish everybody the best'

By Wade Sheridan  |  Nov. 20, 2017 at 1:02 PM
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Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller talked about being taken off Disney's upcoming Star Wars film about a young Han Solo and their experience working on the project.

Lord and Miller known for directing 21Jump Street and The Lego Movie, were hired first to helm the spinoff film which entered production in February. By June, the filmmaking duo were replaced by director Ron Howard due to "different creative visions."

"The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful," Lord said while speaking at a Vulture Festival panel for his and Miller's upcoming MTV animated series, Clone High. "We had the most incredible cast and crew and collaborators."

"I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That was a really big gap to bridge, and it proved to be too big," he continued. "Sometimes people break up, and it's really sad, and it's really disappointing, but it happens and we learned a lot from our collaborators and we're better filmmakers for it."

"We're really proud of the work we did on the movie and we wish everybody the best," Lord said after cheers from the audience.

Lord and Miller were ousted from the Star Wars project now titled Solo: A Star Wars Story, due to a creative clash with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan, noted The Hollywood Reporter.

Lord and Miller will now be writing and producing a sequel to The Lego Movie and producing an upcoming animated Spider-Man movie.

Solo, which stars Alden Ehrenreich in the title role first made famous by Harrison Ford along with Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton, is set to arrive in theaters on May 25.

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