When directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord departed Solo: A Star Wars Story, they were nearly done with filming. So when Ron Howard was brought on board to end the production gracefully, it was assumed that he was only going to do minor tweaks. If by minor tweaks you mean reshoot nearly the entire film, then that is correct, because that’s what he did.
In the latest episode of Star Wars News Net’s The Resistance Podcast, it’s revealed the tumultuous process Solo went through after Ron Howard took over, including reshooting “nearly all” of the film.
The news is not that surprising. Disney seems to have decided to scrap nearly all of the footage Miller and Lord had shot and start fresh. This did two things: Cleared up the questions about who will receive directing credit—it will now be solely Ron Howard—and it eliminates the contrasting styles between the two sets of directors.
Disney’s new direction came at a hefty price. The Resistance Podcast also revealed that the reshoots were done for “twice the budget.” Rogue One cost $200 million to make (with its own extensive reshoots, though not as far ranging) and The Force Awakens cost a reported $245 million. It wouldn’t surprise us if Solo’s budget eclipsed those numbers, given it was practically shot twice over.
Production wrapped up for Solo a few weeks ago, with a brisk seven months to go before the release date on May 25, 2018. Hopefully the end product ends up better than the actual production process.