Ron Howard Reportedly Reshot Nearly All of Solo: A Star Wars Story

For those who have not kept up to date on the Han Solo spin-off film, now titled Solo: A Star Wars Story (read about that title announcement here), here is a quick recap. With filming almost done, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the then untitled project, as Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy was not satisfied with how the movie was turning out. It was allegedly becoming far more of a comedy than Kennedy had wanted, and it was deviating from the original script written by Lawrence Kasdan. Shortly after Lord and Miller were let go, Ron Howard was brought on to finish the job. He's been shooting ever since, and just recently wrapped. The question on everyone's mind has been exactly how much did Howard shoot? We knew he was salvaging Lord and Miller's footage, and filming new scenes to connect it all together, but my concern has always been that Howard and Lord and Miller have very distinct styles. How can we go from a very clear Lord and Miller scene to a very clear Howard scene without it feeling jarring? Either they are gutting Lord and Miller's footage and making this entirely a Ron Howard movie, or Howard will be mimicking Lord and Miller's style in order to keep continuity, which would defeat the entire purpose of the direct switch in the first place. However, we may now have an answer.

It is being reported that Howard has reshot almost all of Solo: A Star Wars Story, scrapping nearly all of Lord and Miller's footage. Reports are also saying that, as a result of the reshoots, the budget has essentially been doubled. If this is true, and it still is not confirmed, then this is huge news. It really shows that this will truly be Ron Howard's movie through and through. This isn't a case like Justice League, where it's Zack Snyder's movie and Joss Whedon just finished it up and reshaped it a bit; there won't be really any of Lord and Miller present in this movie. For a film as big as Solo will be, this is unprecedented. This also brings into question just how much did Disney actually spend on this movie? Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the only other spin-off, had a $200 million dollar budget. So it's safe to say that Solo most likely had around the same initial budget. And if that's been doubled, then we're looking at a production budget that's around $400 million dollars. That doesn't include marketing or theater costs. Solo is going to have to make a substantial amount of money to be profitable. Now, I don't think Solo will be a flop. It won't make $2 billion worldwide like Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but it will make a considerable amount. However, I do think the negative press surrounding Lord and Miller's exit, plus the fact that the film is telling a story fans have never really been that excited for in the first place, could mean that it doesn't make as much as Rogue One did. I think Solo has a solid chance at cracking a billion, but I don't think it's a foregone conclusion. If Solo only makes $700 million worldwide, then can it actually be profitable? I'm not sure. We're going to have to wait to hear the actuals about the budget, see how the marketing campaign goes, and see if Solo: A Star Wars Story turns out to be any good. 

What do you think? What are your thoughts on Ron Howard potentially reshooting most of Phil Lord and Chris Miller's footage? How much do you think Solo: A Star Wars Story will end up making worldwide? Are you looking forward to seeing the film? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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