Behind-the-scenes turmoil for the Star Wars saga began last summer with the surprise announcement that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who
“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," Kennedy shared with Entertainment Weekly. "But it has to be inside of a highly structured
The duo delivered audiences The LEGO Movie and the 21 Jump Street films, whose successes surprised many audiences. LEGO allowed the filmmakers to concoct anything they wanted which animators could bring to life, while the comedic nature of Jump Street allowed actors to tweak lines and sequences as they saw fit.
Kennedy's words echoed what the filmmakers hinted at following their departure.
“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,” Lord expressed of the situation. “We’re really proud of the work we did on the movie and we wish everybody the best.”
While it was difficult to say no to directing a Star Wars film, Howard was initially apprehensive of the situation.
“I know Chris and Phil. They’re incredibly talented guys…But when I learned that this change was happening, it just came in a moment where I was working on lots of new projects for Imagine, and I had not planned to direct anything last year," Howard confessed. "So
Similar creative leadership issues arose last fall when Lucasfilm announced that Colin Trevorrow would no longer direct Episode IX, with J.J. Abrams taking over the film's development.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25.
[H/T Entertainment Weekly]