It was disappointing to hear that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from Solo this summer. Their claim to fame was a result of some genuinely hilarious movies and TV shows, having directed or produced episodes of How I Met Your Mother and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as well as 21 & 22 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and The LEGO Movie. The duo had a knack for executing clever pop culture references, with an improvisational approach on-set that allowed the actors to write many of their own lines.
Unfortunately, Lawrence Kasdan – who’s written a number of Star Wars movies, including the upcoming Solo anthology film – wasn’t a big fan of that, and basically had the guys fired in the middle of production. This came as a big shock to fans, who thought Lord and Miller would be perfect for a Star Wars movie. Unfortunately, the studio insisted on sticking to the script, literally and figuratively, resulting in the duo being replaced by Ron Howard, a reliable working director who, for better or worse, could get the job done.
The filmmakers recently opened up about their experience working on the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
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.”
So, it seems like there are still some hard feelings between Lord, Miller, and Disney, but the guys are just too nice (or too scared) to badmouth a major corporation in front of their fans. Regardless, we’re looking forward to Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover as Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, as well as Lord and Miller’s upcoming animated projects, especially the Miles Morales movie.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter