After having left Warner Bros.' The Flash in order to direct the upcoming Han Solo stand-alone Star Wars movie at Disney, Phil Lord and Chris Miller reportedly met with Warner Bros. about returning to the project as their relationship with Lucasfilm deteriorated in recent weeks.
The pair left the Solo film earlier today, with statements coming from both the studio and the filmmakers citing creative differences in the property, which is deep into production with only weeks remaining before it is expected to wrap principal photography.
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in the statement, "Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it's become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we've decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon."
The directors also released a statement, revealing, "Unfortunately, our vision and process weren't aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren't fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew."
TheWrap says that the pair, who worked with Warner on The Lego Movie, met with DC Films during a production hiatus on the Star Wars spinoff, and expressed an interest in replacing Rick Famuyiwa, who had stepped in to fill their spot when they exited The Flash.
The Flash, for its part, has had a number of rumored replacements for Famuyiwa in the time since he left, but has so far come up empty. In recent weeks, Back to the Future and Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis seems to have emerged as a frontrunner to take on the job.
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In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a story by Snyder and Terrio, and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.