7:24am PT by Ashley Lee
Phil Lord and Chris Miller on Han Solo Ousting: "We're Better Filmmakers for It"
Phil Lord and Chris Miller publicly addressed their Han Solo movie firing for the first time Sunday night.
The directing duo were ousted from the Star Wars spinoff movie in June due to a creative clash with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan. Lord and Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) have a comedic sensibility and improvisational style while Kasdan favors a strict adherence to the written word — what is on the page is what must be shot.
Ron Howard stepped in to direct Solo: A Star Wars Story, starring Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of Harrison Ford’s iconic character. Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton are also among the cast.
Of the situation, Lord said, “The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” during a Vulture Festival panel for their MTV animated series Clone High. “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,” he continued. “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.”
After cheers from the audience, Lord added, “We’re really proud of the work we did on the movie and we wish everybody the best.”
Miller echoed his helming partner’s comments. “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.”
Yet Clone High writer and collaborator Bill Lawrence joked of Solo, “I hope that movie shits the bed.”
Solo is set for release May 25, 2018.