Lord and Miller exit the "Untitled Han Solo Movie," Ron Howard takes the reigns
While Edwards played ball with Lucasfilm over the Rogue One drama, the two directors attached to the next Star Wars standalone, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, weren’t so amicable.
One of Kathleen Kennedy’s early signs of promise as Lucasfilm president was hiring a slew of auteur-ish young directors right out of the gate. Edwards, Trank, Lord and Miller were all risky but exciting names at the time, with impressive entries into the film world that signaled what could have been major collaborations. Unfortunately, those risks didn’t pay off, and in the case of Lord and Miller, may have spoiled the chances of similar endeavors for good.
Here’s what went down: The Lego Movie directors Lord and Miller were signed on for the untitled Han Solo film, written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son, Jon. The movie is a prequel to the original trilogy, and follows a young Solo, with Alden Ehrenreich stepping into the iconic role. Filming began in January 2017, but in June, a mere two weeks shy of wrap, Lord and Miller were fired by Lucasfilm and replaced by Ron Howard.
The rumor mill had a field day. According to THR, the directors were behind schedule, filming only three setups per day as opposed to the 12 to 15 the studio expected. They also supposedly clashed with Kennedy and were frustrated over the lack of creative freedom. According to Star Wars News Net, Ehrenreich was one of the first people to voice concerns to Lucasfilm, and tensions eventually reached Lawrence Kasdan, who worried that the directors’ improvisational style was straying from his script.
The ever-reliable Ron Howard -- an old friend of Kennedy’s and someone who’s worked closely with Star Wars OG George Lucas through the years -- stepped in to save the day. Filming is still underway, with Howard diligently sharing behind-the-scenes snapshots on Instagram and Twitter, effectively masking whatever bad blood was spilled early on.