Director credits are an interesting thing. Hell, credits in any form in Hollywood films are interesting, as they’re based on very specific conditions and rules that are set by specific guilds. The man or woman who does influential work on a project may remain uncredited if it’s considered unsubstantial.
Most recently, Warner Bros.’ Justice League credited Zack Snyder as the sole director, but as many of us knew, Joss Whedon had taken over as director when Snyder stepped away after a family tragedy. Solo: A Star Wars Story was another interesting case of director oddities.
So how will its original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, be credited? While speaking at the third annual GLAS Animation Festival Friday in Berkeley, CA, Miller told the audience:
“We were really proud of the many contributions we made to that film. In light of the creative differences, we elected to take an executive producer credit.”
If you don’t recall, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the project only weeks before principal photography ended, and in their place came veteran Ron Howard. However, it became clear that Howard would still be utilizing some of the work that Lord and Miller shot in the final cut (though we don’t know how much).
For the longest time, we weren’t sure just how the studio would handle the credit, but now it sounds clear that Howard will be the sole credited director.
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