If it wasn’t clear that folks are clamoring for some sort of answer following Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s exit from the Han Solo solo film, one simple tweet is now counting as a comment on the firing. And it could be, who knows? It’s definitely strange that a two word tweet would inspire articles like this one, but that’s exactly where we are because it references the scene above.
It could mean a lot of different things given who is sending the tweet, the context of the moment, and it’s meaning in the scene from A New Hope. Is a sly reference to “improvising” and the trouble involved with it when there’s a lot at stake? Or maybe it’s a reference that Han Solo does improvise, even if his most famous “improvised” line isn’t actually improvised at all. Or perhaps it’s just Miller’s way of literally saying things are well, even if he had a stumble thanks to to this project. He also found time to tell people to go see Baby Driver, so not everything should set off alarm bells.
The real news here is that Miller is back on Twitter and is posting. And he seems OK. But that’s not explaining why this is a thing online at the moment. It’s a part of it, but the main reason is because of the cultural force that is Star Wars. Colin Trevorrow released one critically panned independent film after getting the job directing Star Wars Episode IX and folks were speculating that he’d lose the job. Rogue One had some reshoots and plenty of footage left in the trailer and people speculated that something happened with Gareth Edwards and the executives behind the film. If there is a hint of Star Wars drama to be had, people will be interested.
Not to mention, as The Hollywood Reporter shows earlier this week, we’re still trying to grasp why Lord and Miller were fired from the film and replaced with Ron Howard. The source of the blame seems to be their directing style and reliance on improv, supporting the initial news and giving us a clearer picture:
“You have to make decisions much earlier than what they’re used to,” one of these sources say. “I don’t know if it’s because there were two of them but they were not decisive.” Production department heads began to complain. While the pair appeared to listen when told of festering problems, this person says their approach did not change.
But the source close to Lord and Miller acknowledges they have always worked in an improvisational style and not just to add comedic elements. “They collaborate closely with their actors and give them creative freedom that, in their experience, brings out the actors’ best performances,” this person says. “Lawrence Kasdan would not allow this and demanded that every line was said word for word. To appease him and the studio, Lord and Miller would do several takes exactly as written and then shoot additional takes.”