It’s not very often you hear about directors getting fired from a film unless they did something to really piss off the studio heads, but from what I’m hearing, that’s exactly what happened to Lord and Miller. The directors of The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street were, and still are, hot names in Hollywood when it comes to bringing fresh blood into studio films, but a constant feud with LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy has officially cost them their jobs for this particular project.
Lord and Miller were the saving grace for an idea that fans of Star Wars or otherwise weren’t very warm too in the first place, but now their departure has been given more context thanks to recent reports. Supposedly, Lord and Miller, two directors who are young and have had free range most of their career, weren’t pleased with the “tight control” that Kennedy possessed during on set productions, but it gets crazier with the fact that the directors didn’t get along with long time Star Wars scribe Lawrence Kasdan either.
The reason this seems so crazy to this blogger is because somehow they let the production go this far even though Kennedy and Kasdan didn’t seem to get along with the directors they were working with from day one. The film is almost finished production, but now the studio decides to fire them? That seems weird to me, but before you say some examples about directors leaving productions that aren’t finished, let me preface my next statement with this… usually these splits come earlier and far more swiftly. Of course, a different example of a director leaving is for tragic reasons like the one with Zack Snyder, but these aren’t the same situation in the slightest.
I don’t want to paint a villain for a story we are not able to see live, but on the outside looking in, LucasFilm isn’t in the best lighting right now. Lord and Miller are praised for making great films because of their ability to take charge the way they need too, and their films speak for themselves so why hire them if you don’t want to give them that kind of control? That’s the part that alarms me, but worst of all is that they let this linger to a point that the film is almost finished and now there are going to be more reshoots like what we got in Rogue One, but no Tony Gilroy to come down and save the day in an X-Wing.
The question now becomes, “who will take charge of the film?” What will this film look like and will it come out on time at all? Who knows?
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