Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy opens up about firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from young Han Solo spin-off
Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy has spoken about the departure of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the new Star Wars spin-off about young Han Solo.
The pair departed the project in June, midway through filming, after disagreements with producers and were replaced by director Ron Howard.
Asked about the firing by Entertainment Weekly, Kennedy said: "I think these guys are hilarious, but they come from a background of animation and sketch comedy and when you are making these movies you can do that and there’s plenty of room for improvisation, we do that all the time, but it has to be inside of a highly structured process or you can’t get the work done and you can’t move the armies of people to anticipate and have things ready. So, it literally came down to process. Just getting it done.”
She added: "There comes a point where there’s only so much you can do and then you have to take a different course and that’s where we ended up. These are really great guys and you know, nobody wanted this to happen. It was just one of those unfortunate things.”
The build-up to the spin-off, which arrives in cinemas on May 25th, is now underway.
Alden Ehrenreich, star of Hail, Caesar and Beautiful Creatures plays young Han Solo, with Donald Glover, best known for his roles in Community and The Martian, taking the role of young Lando Calrissian, while Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson also have key roles in the spin-off.
The story follows young Solo as he makes his way through the galaxy's criminal underworld, meeting Chewbacca and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian along the way.
Ron Howard directs, having taken over midway through production after the departure of original directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
This movie is the second Star Wars spin-off following the release of Rogue One - A Star Wars Story, which is out on DVD now.