In a shocking move, Lucasfilm has parted ways with Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
“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,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement released Tuesday on the official Star Wars website.
“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,” added Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film may have been as close as three weeks from completion.
A source tells me there are three weeks left to go on the untitled Han Solo shoot. Must have been a real war for the directors to leave… https://t.co/nN389x4d9x
— Pamela McClintock (@PamelaDayM) June 20, 2017
With a release date set of May 25, 2018, this is unheard of. No matter how quickly a new director is announced – and Kennedy says it will be soon – the release date for sure is now in flux. This may also impact Episode IX which is currently scheduled for May 24, 2019.
The differences must have been gigantic. With this much money riding on the line, and a cast of in-demand actors such as Woody Harrelson, this could not have been an easy decision.
Keep an eye out, folks. This is going to be playing out for months now.