While it’s rare for a director to get fired from a film, especially after production has already begun, that doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. Sometimes the directors just don’t have the right vision for a film or they simply can’t get along with members of the cast and crew. It’s why Clark Gable had the original Gone with the Wind director fired and also why there are two very different versions of 1980’s Superman II.
Whatever the reason may be, most of these directors would probably like us to forget these unsavory moments from their careers. But we haven’t. Here are 20 directors that got the boot.
Phil Lord And Chris Miller Weren’t Efficient
Solo: A Star Wars Story was already months into production when its original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the project. Efficiency was not their strong suit, which eventually had everyone doubting their directing style.
“Phil and Chris are good directors, but they weren’t prepared for Star Wars. After the 25th take, the actors are looking at each other like, ‘This is getting weird,'” revealed an anonymous source to Vulture. Ron Howard had to step in and re-shoot all of their scenes in a quarter of the time it took Lord and Miller, much to the relief of everyone on set.