One of the former directors of the Han Solo movie wants everyone to know that everything is not okay.
On Tuesday, Chris Miller, the co-director of 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, tweeted the words “Situation normal.” While some might read this as Miller saying he is in fact fine, Star Wars fans know better. When Luke, Han and Chewie raided the Death Star’s detention block to rescue Princess Leia in Star Wars: A New Hope, Han briefly conversed with Death Star officers over a radio in order to stall for time. Impersonating an Imperial worker, Han nervously said, “Situation normal. We’re all fine here. How are you?”
Obviously, the situation was not normal, nothing was fine, and Han Solo was mocking an with an authority figure which he had zero respect for. Famously, the scene ends with Han pulling out his blaster and zapping the comlink saying dismissively, “boring conversation anyway.” For many, this moment defines Han’s iconoclasm.
Oddly enough, this “statement” from Miller is actually the latest in terms of concrete, real things people have publicly said about the recent Han Solo movie dust-up. After Miller and Phil Lord were fired from the Han Solo movie and replaced with Ron Howard, reports suggested there was intense creative tension on both sides, at that the duo’s improvisational style didn’t jibe with what Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy wanted.
Now, Miller’s tweet feels like a statement of defiance, a mild act of rebellion. Or, he could just be kidding around.
The Han Solo movie is still scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.