Lord & Miller on their breakup with Lucasfilm over Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story Phil Lord Christopher Miller

This summer, with just a few weeks left on the schedule, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord exited SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY as they couldn't agree with Lucasfilm over the direction of the project. At the time, the directing duo said, "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." Lucasfilm brought in Ron Howard to oversee the reshoots and bring the project closer to what they had in mind, and production recently wrapped last month.

Christopher Miller and Phil Lord haven't commented much on their much publicized breakup with Lucasfilm, but during a panel for Clone High at Vulture Fest yesterday, the pair spoke of their time on the movie and what it felt like when they were let go.

"The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said. “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.” Lord managed a laugh as he added, “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.” The audience cheered in support as Lord added, “We’re really proud of the work we did on the movie and we wish everybody the best.”

Miller backed up his partner’s statement. “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.”

Not overly revealing at this point, but I'm sure we'll be hearing more about what went down as well as their original vision for the project as the release date grows ever closer. Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Paul Bettany, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY is set for a May 25, 2018 release. Our next dose of STAR WARS is quite close however, with STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI set to hit theaters on December 15, 2017.

Source: Vulture

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