Tuesday, June 20, 2017


It appears that two feature animation directors who have been helming a high-profile, big-budget space epic will not be bringing the project into the landing dock.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are no longer directing the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off.

"Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon," said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm in a statement. ...

Chris and Phil have a long history in animation. They brought the Sony feature Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs back from the dead. They launched the LEGO franchise at Warner Bros (the Warner Animation Group, specifically). They have been involved with live action shows and movies for years, and they have deals everywhere.

Since February, they have been in London shooting the Han Solo picture for Lucasfilm, and there are only weeks to go before the picture wraps. It would be nice to know what caused their exit. Was it the dailies (too comedic and light-hearted?). Was it their vision for the overall film? Did Kathleen Kennedy dislike the baked goods they brought in for the crew each morning? What??

Mopefully one day we'll find out, but it might not be soon. Everybody likes to be well-mannered where Diz Co. is concerned. Why do something to damage a career that's rolling along nicely, especially if you don't need to?

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