Lord and Miller Speak about Han Solo Dismissal

When Lord and Miller were fired as directors of the upcoming Solo standalone film, it was a pretty big shock to fans of the franchise. Yes, we have already dealt with the departure of Josh Trank and the reshoot with a new director on Rogue One, but to see the directors of the film completely replaced so late in the process was extremely disruptive to the now rolling fan hype cycle for Star Wars cycle.



Vulture had a piece up yesterday which features comments Lord and Miller made while sitting on a panel for their MTV series, Clone High. And for the most part, they seem to be taking their departure in stride. Or at the very least, they are saying the right things.


Lord on his Solo experience:

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 also chimed in with some trademark levity on the whole situation:

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.”



The Solo movie will forever be an interesting issue in fandom. If the movie is bad, there will be endless debates over whose fault it was. Did Lord & Miller cripple the film too much? Did over-meddling ruin what could have potentially been a fun, if different, film in the Star Wars canon?


If the movie is great there will be similar debates over who deserves praise. Was Lord & Miller’s foundation actually good? Did Howard and Kennedy save this movie from the outright disaster some reported it to be? Maybe someday we’ll get a candid behind the scenes retelling of what exactly went down on that set, but until then it will all be nothing but speculation. At the very least, we don’t have too much longer to wait to find out if the movie turns out well or not. The young Han Solo will find his way into theaters next spring.



Head over to Vulture for the full article.



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24 thoughts on “Lord and Miller Speak about Han Solo Dismissal

  • November 21, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Tell THAT to Kanjiklub.

    • November 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      You know you can’t trust those little freaks.

  • November 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    “Maybe someday we’ll get a candid behind the scenes retelling of what exactly went down on that set, but until then it will all be nothing but speculation.”

    I hope we do. I know Lucasfilm has their veritable hands full with a multitude of Star Wars projects, but I’d love to see some in-depth “making of” books like we did with Rinzler’s classic trilogy episodes. I know that his TFA book project was sidelined, which is unfortunate, but I’d love to see it eventually published to be followed by others. At this point, the only Star Wars books I purchase are the “Art of…” books. There is still more room on my bookshelves…

    If we ever do see a definitive and in-depth making-of book for Han Solo, the extent to which the different directors affected the final film should become clear. Until then, as the article said, it’ll remain nearly pure speculation.

    • November 21, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      So far the BTS stuff on youtube or DVD has been disappointing, I recall when they were shotting the prequels, we had a weekly two minute video on the official site, and the DVD’s are packed with BTS footage. I hope the TLJ BD corrects that

      • November 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm

        Other than the groundbreaking VFX the best thing to come out of the Prequels was the plethora of BTS material Lucasfilm released. The Phantom Menace making of documentary provides an incredible look inside the mind of Lucas.

      • November 21, 2017 at 4:45 pm

        Yeah, for all my gripes about the Prequels, the making-of featurettes were fantastic. But I really only watch those types of things once or twice. I’d much prefer a big ol’ huge book that really goes into detail regarding the writing and production process of these movies.

    • November 22, 2017 at 5:26 am

      I’d love to see this, but not counting on it in my lifetime. Disney prefers to bury their moviemaking history if it doesn’t reflect well on them.

      We’ll never see the unused scenes, and original third act, from Rogue One. And we will never see any of the footage shot by Lord and Miller. (And contrary to what they’re implying now, it’s looking like Lucasfilm threw it all out, and Howard started from scratch.)

  • November 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I find that I’m completely fine with how this resolved. I like Lord and Miller a lot, but if they weren’t fit for the project I’m glad Lucasfilm corrected their decision. I’m glad that their firing didn’t ruin their career because they’ve had an impressive one to date.

    • November 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Totally. I loved the LEGO movie. It was clever and had a lot of heart. I thought they were an odd choice for a Star Wars movie, however, and wasn’t half surprised when they were removed. That said, Ron Howard really knows what he’s doing and with the resources at his disposal, I’m pretty sure we’re going to get a cool flick.

  • November 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I think Solo suffered from reshoting and you can tell what s

    • November 21, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Good post, lol

    • November 21, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      I thought you were talking about Justice League.

  • November 21, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    To me it’s a fairly simple. If the movie comes out fantastic? KK and Disney saved it from Lord and Miller. If the movie comes out mediocre or awful they were unable to save it and the conflicting visions damaged the final product. Who’s at fault doesn’t really matter at that point.

    I wouldn’t really dig that much deeper into it.

  • November 21, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    I’m happy KK and Ron Howard took over. He seems to have better directing vision and can pull it off. I’m surprised how this movie is so close to TLJ and how they are gonna market it. Im happy we get 2 Star Wars movies in 6 months. We have seen nothing of what Han Solo really looks like. I hope there’s bounty hunters

  • November 21, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    How is there not a teaser or even an f**king picture of Alden as Han when it comes out in less than 6 months?

    • November 22, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      I expect we’ll get something once ‘The Last Jedi’ is out in theatres, not to detract from that film’s marketing and to make full use of the Star Wars high we’ll be on.

      That being said, a picture of Alden as Han at this stage would be nice.

    • November 23, 2017 at 7:28 am

      The Last Jedi needs our full attention.

  • November 21, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    I”m glad these jokers weren’t given walking-papers. Their sarcastic / slapstick approach to filmmaking would have been HORRID in a SW film. They should have never been hired in the first place — and I applaud Disney for pulling the plug on them before further damage was done.

    • November 22, 2017 at 12:01 am

      Makes sense. Just like how the Russo Bros television and film catalog which consisted of nearly all varieties of comedies. Or bands like Talk Talk which started producing only trash poppy 80’s rock. Once an artist does a specific style they really can’t transition into anything else. Especially the ones who’ve been making a living producing projects with major budgets. All one trick ponies….

      Just saying. More than a black and white issue of style. Unless you work with these artists and are aware of their full capabilities I don’t really put any credence in an argument you present. We don’t know the whole story and we’ll never know the whole story. So no point in making excuses based on the meager facts. A little more critical thinking can go a long way instead of judging at face value.

  • November 22, 2017 at 4:30 am

    I am looking forward two hours of recycled Original Trilogy lines and camera shots. Which is Kathleen Kennedy’s style.

  • November 22, 2017 at 8:22 am

    so glad these dudes got fired.

  • November 22, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    let’s see how it turns out…zero expectations, as it was just one of those stories that should have been passed on in my opinion. A million other ideas they could have gone with. oh well!

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