Through no fault of his own, Justin Simien and Disney aren’t exactly shaping up to be a fitting partnership since the director is behind the colossal box office hit Haunted house He also discovered that he had been deposed war of stars Spin-off series Lando in the harshest way possible.
When news broke that the former Disney Plus series was being adapted into a feature film without his input, Simien stressed that he had experienced it firsthand. Despite being treated so disrespectfully publicly, the filmmaker admitted it The Wrap that it “was and remains the only official word I have ever heard about my involvement in the project.”
Explaining how the bombshell had dropped without anyone bothering to tell him, Simien admitted that being persistent was a normal problem war of stars for a while, as anyone who followed the franchise during the Disney era knows all too well.
“It was the first time I had ever had any official confirmation of what was happening. They would certainly like to hear rumors. It’s a small town. Donald Glover and I have many friends in common. So I had an idea of what could happen and why we hadn’t heard from anyone. I see Guillermo del Toro making the rounds talking about his movie “Jabba the Hutt” that didn’t get made. There’s a pattern, isn’t there? And at least I’m not alone in this situation.
But I would say I don’t know how it went [for del Toro] – I don’t know why anyone would sign up again to put their heart and soul into something, so to speak, then wait several years and then find out in an article that someone else is doing it. Yeah, I don’t know if I want to do that again. That doesn’t sound funny to me at all.”
It’s cruel, to say the least, to spend years sticking with a project only to find out about it from a third party during an online scrolling session, but it’s even more galling that in the nearly three months since then, no one from Disney or Lucasfilm contacted Simien.