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Star Wars Han Solo spin-off have abandoned the project halfway through production. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller—whose directorial credits include The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street—have cited “creative differences” for leaving the production, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young version of Han Solo.
“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project,” Lord and Miller said in a statement. “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.”
“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented film-makers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “But it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways.”
Lord and Miller signed up to direct the Han Solo spin-off in 2015. Filming of the as-yet-untitled (but codenamed “Red Cup”) movie began at London’s Pinewood Studios in February. While no replacement director has been named, the film is reportedly still on track for its May 25, 2018 release.
Lord and Miller’s tongue-in-cheek sensibility was largely the reason they were hired for the project, according to a report by Variety. However, the pair faced conflicts with Producer Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer and Executive Producer Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the scripts for Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens. The directors did not leave voluntarily but were fired by Lucasfilm, the report claims.
report by Deadline claims Ron Howard has emerged as a front-runner to replace Lord and Miller.
This post originated on Ars Technica UK