It seems that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have as much a roguish reputation as Star Wars's beloved smuggler, as the last week has seen the internet light up with rumors after Lord and Miller were fired from the Han Solo solo movie, just weeks from wrapping. We've all been scrambling to work out exactly what went wrong, and the reports paint an interesting picture.
Some say that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy never liked the way Lord and Miller "folded their socks" (who folds socks??), others point towards Lord and Miller's improvisational style as just not being the right fit for #StarWars. In the most intriguing development, it seems that Alden Ehrenreich (the young Solo himself) shot first, calling Kennedy's attention to the production and questioning the directing duo's decisions.
Among all this noise, Lord and Miller have remained conspicuously silent — aside from their official comment to the press. Now, Miller has posted a hilariously passive-aggressive Tweet, which is a callback to the original Star Wars movies.
If you're a fan worth your Bantha milk, you'll instantly recognize this quote from A New Hope — and you'll understand the irony of Miller using this phrase. In an attempt to stall the Imperial troops, Han Solo assures them that everything is "situation normal."
Miller's Tweet invites us to envision the situation at Lucasfilm HQ as a parallel to this classic scene, with execs running around and bumping their heads like so many stormtroopers, while PR employees assure us that "we're all fine here." And, just as Solo ended his uncomfortable conversation by blasting the computer bank, we're left wondering if Miller's Tweet is a pithy comment on how Lucasfilm terminated his contract.
Despite the reasoning behind his dismissal, Miller's Tweet suggests that both he and Lord really did get Han Solo's sense of humor. We'll never know what kind of a Han Solo movie the directors' distinctive style could have created, unless, of course, that rumored director's cut is eventually released.
[Ron Howard voice] It never was.
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