Original Solo directors talk their approach to the Star Wars movie – and their eventual departure

Original Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have opened up on their approach to the Star Wars spin-off – and talked about leaving the project.

The film focuses on Alden Ehrenreich’s younger version of Han Solo. Lord and Miller left the movie just under a year before it was due to release, and were replaced by Ron Howard. “Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project,” Lord and Miller said in a statement at the time. “We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliche is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”

Speaking on the Happy, Sad, Confused (opens in new tab) podcast, Lord talked more about the directing duo’s time on the movie.

“We’ve always wanted to make projects that are, like Han, a maverick. And so that’s what we were always trying to do, that’s what we were hoping to do with those movies,” Lord commented. “What’s funny about Star Wars [A New Hope] is it’s an independent film made outside the Hollywood system. And Han is the spirit of that kind of independence and that’s why we were always inspired to work on that with everybody.” 

As for their departure, it seems there are no hard feelings. “And the good news is, they can’t take away what you learned,” Lord continued. “We learned so much. We got to work with the greatest people, we made so many friends. We put what we call in animation ‘pencil miles’ under our belts and it made us better filmmakers in the long run. So, in a funny way, there were some negative emotions associated with that, but the way I feel about it now, like I feel about all these projects, which is you’re just trying to become better and learn and collaborate with people and that doesn’t go away.”

While Solo certainly left things open for future installments, no further films have ever been announced – although Lando Calrissian is getting his own spin-off Disney Plus show, it’s unclear if Donald Glover will return to the role. 

The Star Wars saga continues with The Book of Boba Fett, which will drop its finale imminently. In the meantime, check out our guide to all the upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows coming soon from the galaxy far, far away.

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