Well, this is more than a little surprising.
The upcoming Han Solo movie, which has been filming since February, has lost directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. That’s right, the 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie helmers have officially exited the project, citing the dreaded “creative differences” as the cause.
“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,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement. “A new director will be announced soon.”
Added Lord and Miller: “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.”
While it isn’t too rare to have changes in directors on the road to filming, it isn’t all that common to have directors change right in the middle of production. According to THR reporter Borys Kit…
The HAN SOLO MOVIE still has three more weeks of shooting to go.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) June 20, 2017
The still-untitled Star Wars spinoff film is keeping its scheduled U.S. release date of May 25, 2018. The film will star Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, with a cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton and Michael Kenneth Williams.
In other recent director changes, a personal tragedy caused Zack Snyder to leave Justice League‘s post production and reshoots to Joss Whedon.