Chris Miller is one half of the writing/directing team behind the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo movie as well as the animated Spider-Man film. Miller and his partner, Phil Lord, are also responsible for The LEGO Movie, Jump Street, The Last Man On Earth TV series and are said to be taking on The Flash for WB.
IGN caught up with Miller at the Television Critics association press tour to get Miller's thoughts on Han Solo and Spider-Man.
Regarding Han Solo, Miller offered their largest demand is living up to the legacy of Han Solo and respecting the character.
Oh man, that’s our big challenge, right? It’s a huge pressure. We always try and find something that's gonna make us... give a fire to our bellies and do a really good job. And this feels like there’s a lot of pressure to not screw this up. So we’ve definitely got that motivation and then the rest of it is about trying to give audiences a fresh experience that doesn’t feel like you're just trying to check off some checklist of beats that you’re expecting and make something that feels new and exciting for people, but at the same time honoring what was so great about that character.
I could talk to you for a day about why he is the perfect blend of rogue-ish cowboy... Morally ambiguous, but has a clear moral compass. He’s funny, he’s off the cuff… When I was a kid on the playground, fights were about who got to play Han Solo. He’s just one of the best characters ever created.
And for Spider-Man, Miller obviously can't say much, but he does offer it won't be the same Spider-Man story we've always seen.
I can’t really talk too much about that project. Much like the Han Solo, it is shrouded in secrecy, so I can’t really talk about it. But I will say, it is not just another Peter Parker origin story that you’ve seen 400 times. It is something totally unique and different and not like anything you’ve seen. That’s all I can say… and you’re going to love it!
The Star Wars Han Solo movie has a May 25, 2018 release; the Spider-Man animated film has a July 20, 2018 release.