So like, now what?
Disney and Lucasfilm announced this week that directing team Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) have departed – this still in production – untitled Han Solo film! Citing the classic “creative differences” as the reason that the team and Disney/Lucasfilm parted.
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm had the following to say in a statement:
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.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller also released a statement:
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.
Very cliché indeed!
Considering the subject matter – Han Solo – the cast, and Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, I wonder if the film was a bit playful and not filled with enough daddy issues (sorry inappropriate Star Wars burn). I mean, it is unlikely that we will find out the real reason for the change since I am sure Lord and Miller signed SO MANY non-disclosure agreements.
The movie began filming in February and the studio had reshoots scheduled for the summer. It is unclear who will take over directing and how much filming remains or if they plan on reshooting a lot of the film. SO MANY QUESTIONS! I am sure – just like when we learned about those Rogue One reshoots – fans are freaking out and I mean shouldn’t we?
Here is what we do know, Disney and Lucasfilm are still planning on a May 2018 release. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson, Michael K. Williams, Ian Kenny and Emilia Clarke. The script was penned by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan. The film will take place prior to the events of A New Hope – somewhat same timeline as Rogue One – and follow Han Solo roughly from the years of 18-24 as he becomes “the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley in A New Hope.”
Once we know more we will tell ya!
Here are Star Wars dates to put on your calendar:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters on December 15th
Untitled Han Solo Film is slated to hit theaters May 2018
Star Wars: Episode IX is slated to hit theaters in May 2019
Unknown third Star Wars Anthology stand-alone is slated for a 2020 release