After the revival of the ‘Star Wars’ saga with its new episode and the ‘Rogue One’ spin off, there seem to be some trouble with the still untitled Han Solo movie.
The first big hit to the Star Wars revival was the sudden death of main star Carrie Fisher, who would reportedly be the focus of Episode 9. And now, trouble has risen midway through the filming of Han Solo’s spinoff.
The disagreements and unhappiness of the studio with the way the Miller brothers were conducting the filming lead to the extreme decision of firing both brothers. There is a danger of firing director mid project, but specially with a saga like Star Wars, with a huge fanbase and investment. The indecision and preference to improvisation over planning was one of the biggest diversions between the studio and the Millers. “You have to make decisions much earlier than what they’re used to,” one of these sources say. “I don’t know if it’s because there were two of them but they were not decisive.” Production department heads began to complain. While the pair appeared to listen when told of festering problems, this person says their approach did not change.”
With the exit of the Millers, the question of who would take credit for the movie when the award season comes. The Directors Guild of America has a strict rule which prohibits replacing the director with someone else from the film’s team except for a brief emergency. The DGA doesn’t much like multiple directors to begin with: “There will be only one Director assigned to direct a motion picture at any given time,” says the guild’s “one director” rule. If Lord and Miller should decide to pull their names from the picture, their names would be replaced with a pseudonym — most commonly, “Alan Smithee”, and regarding payment, that makes it’s a matter of negotiation between the departed directors’ agents and lawyers and Lucasfilm — and the new director’s representatives.
And concerning the future of the newly fired directors, they left the direction spot on The Flesh for Star Wars, so if Warner Bros. still takes them, perhaps they will go back.