The initial report from Lucasfilm claimed that the usual “creative differences” were to blame for the directors’ exit. Now, a Variety source is saying that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy could be a key figure behind the surprising development.
Apparently, the relationship between the directors and Kennedy didn’t get off the right foot, and it never got better. Word is that Kennedy has long had a strong hold of Star Wars sets and the overall creative path. Lord and Miller were apparently not given the freedom they were expecting and agreed upon.
As per Variety:
Kennedy did not approve of their shooting style and process of interacting with actors and crew. “They weren’t given the leeway to do what they had to do,” the source said.
On top of that, the directors reportedly didn’t find common ground with writer and executive producer Lawrence Kasdan either. The source claims that Kasdan, as with Kennedy, had a problem with how Lord and Miller were developing the film.
“Kathy, her team and Larry Kasdan have been doing it their way for a very long time. They know how the cheese is made and that’s how they want it made,” said Variety’s source. “It became a very polarizing set.”
The outlet puts it very clearly:
The directors did not leave the production voluntarily, but were fired by LucasFilm.
And that’s a shame to hear, especially for fans of the 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie directors. There’s no word on just how much will be reshot now that they’ve gone. Apparently there was around 3 weeks of shooting left, so you can imagine things really weren’t going well in Kennedy and Kasdan’s eyes if they decided to call it a day with the directors at this stage in production.
In terms of who may take the director’s chair, Deadline is reporting that that Kasdan and two-time Oscar winner Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind) are mentioned as possible replacements. We’ll keep you in the loop when more comes to light.
The still-untiled Han Solo movie, set to star Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, is still scheduled for U.S. release on May 25, 2018.