Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the firing of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller — previous directors for Solo: A Star Wars Story before Ron Howard stepped in.
"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. And when it was not working out as we had all hoped, it wasn't out of lack of talent.
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. But it has to be inside of a highly structured process or you can’t get the work done 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.
There comes a point where there’s only so much you can do and then you have to take a different course and that's where we ended up."