TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - November 21, 2017
Depending upon your point of view, firing Phil Lord and Chris Miller as directors of the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story midway through production was either the best decision or the worst decision ever made. The 21 Jump Street and LEGO Movie directors are rather pragmatic about it, however, which is to be expected when there are likely non-disclosure agreements and such in effect.
As reported by Vulture, Lord and Miller finally opened up about their untimely firing during a panel at the Vulture Festival and do their best to dance around the issue without being nasty towards Lucasfilm...
“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said. “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.” Lord managed a laugh as he added, “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.” The audience cheered in support as Lord added, “We’re really proud of the work we did on the movie and we wish everybody the best.”
Miller backed up his partner’s statement. “We’re super well-adjusted, obviously we’re doing great. We’re super drunk right now,” he joked. “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.”
It's not like these two are gonna wont for work, and I doubt this does much to damage their brand, so to speak. It's nice that they're not acting bitter in public, anyway, which is probably for the best at this point. Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was almost completely reshot by new director Ron Howard, hits theaters on May 25, 2018, 41 years to the day after A New Hope first hit theaters.