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At long last, we know what credit Phil Lord and Chris Miller will receive for their time on Solo: A Star Wars Story. Both men will be listed as “Executive Producer.”
For those that don’t remember, Lord & Miller were the original directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story, but they were removed last summer. A few days later it was announced that Ron Howard was taking over the directorial duties on the project. Some footage Lord & Miller shot will still be used in the film, and that’s where the problem comes from.
Under Directors Guild of America (DGA) rules, only one person can be listed as a director unless a duo arranges for an allowance before production begins. In other words, that’s why you see the Coen Brothers share directing credits. With Lord and Miller stepping away, and Ron Howard taking over, that left a bit of mystery due to three people having directed. By Lord & Miller moving to Exec. Producers, that means Ron Howard will get the sole director’s credit.
Speaking at the GLAS Animation Festival Friday in Berkeley, Calif. Lord & Miller made the announcement, saying, “We were really proud of the many contributions we made to that film. In light of the creative differences, we elected to take an executive producer credit.”
This was really the only possible outcome for the production, lets just hope it doesn’t impact the final film.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25.