Star Wars: Original Solo Directors Look Back at the Making of the Film Prior to Their Controversial Firing

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There was a lot of drama surrounding the making of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Originally, 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were directing the film until Lucasfilm fired them during production due to creative differences. Oscar-winning director Ron Howard eventually stepped in to take over the film and finish it. While Solo had decent reviews from critics and the audience, it didn't do well at the box office and it prompted Lucasfilm to cancel their spin-off film projects.

In a recent interview with The Happy Sad Confused podcast, Lord and Miller were asked to look back on the making of Solo now that its a few years have gone since their controversial firing. Despite the fallout, the duo still had positive things to say about the experience and they also revealed what they were originally trying to do when they were helming the film.

"We’ve always wanted to make projects that are, like Han [Solo], 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 said. "It was funny, about [the original] Star Wars, 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."

He continued, "The good news is, they can’t take away what you learned. We learned so much. We got to work with the greatest people, we made so many friends. We, what we call in animation, put 'pencil miles' under our belts and it made us better filmmakers in the long run. So, in a funny way, there’s obviously a lot of 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."

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While it didn't end up the way they wanted, Lord iterated that they were still rooting for the directors who were working on the other Star Wars films. "And it’s very easy to root for Rian Johnson, for example," he added. "Just having spent a lot of time with him and watching his movie come together. It was really easy to root for Gareth [Edwards], having been on the ground watching him put that together. And on and on, all through the ILM group, there’s a lot of great craftspeople that we love rooting for. The creature shop people that are amazing."

It is nice to hear that there is still some positivity that Lord and Miller felt as they reflected back on the making of Solo and they were able to learn on their experience and apply it as they work in their next projects. It still would have been great to see the film under the complete helm of Lord and Miller and we can bet that it would have been a fun and unique Star Wars film knowing their sensibilities.

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Despite their firing from the Star Wars franchise, later on, the duo went on to win an Oscar as producers of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and they are now currently working on the upcoming sequels. They also produced the hit Netflix animated film The Mitchell vs. the Machines and the recently-premiered Apple TV+ comedy series The Afterparty.