Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy is finally addressing the decision to fire directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller late into production on “Solo: A Star Wars Story”.
“I think these guys [Lord and Miller] are hilarious, but they come from a background of animation and sketch comedy,” Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly.
“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,” she continued. “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.”
Kennedy insisted the decision was not made lightly: “I just say over and over again that, yes, it was an incredibly difficult decision that we had to make and obviously it was pretty late in the game, which shows we spent a lot of time trying not to have to make that decision. And I think both Chris and Phil are enormously talented and incredibly funny.”
“When all of this came together, all of us wanted nothing more than to have this be an incredible working experience,” Kennedy stated. “And when it was not working out as we had all hoped, it wasn’t out of lack of talent.”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”, now directed by Ron Howard, blasts into theatres on May 25.