Having stayed silent for months about their sudden departure during the middle of production on “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in June, directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller have now publicly addressed their firing for the first time last night.
Lord and Miller have a comedic sensibility and improvisational style, something that jarred with both screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and producer Kathleen Kennedy’s approach of strict script adherence. The clashing style ultimately led to their being booted off the project and replaced by Ron Howard.
Appearing at a Vulture Festival panel for their MTV animated series “Clone High,” the pair said:
Lord: “The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful. 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. 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.”
Miller: “We’re super well-adjusted, obviously we’re doing great. We’re super drunk right now. As Phil said, we had such a great relationship with cast and crew, we were really rooting for them. After we took a much-needed vacation, we got back into it and now we’re writing and producing a sequel to The Lego Movie and producing a Miles Morales animated Spider-Man.”
Howard is now taking full credit on the film which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of Harrison Ford’s iconic character along with Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton. That film opens May 25th 2018.