Two weeks out from the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and some further information about the behind-the-scenes drama that hit the film’s production has come to light.
One lingering question that has been around for several months now is just how much of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s film was left in the final cut, and how much of the final film was done by their replacement Ron Howard.
A new Wall Street Journal report indicates that the big difference is Lord and Miller wanted to go somewhere fresh while Howard stuck with what we know. Ultimately Howard ended up reshooting about 70% of the finished movie with a source saying: “Ron wanted to go back to the spirit of the original trilogy, while Phil and Chris were looking forward to something new, more like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.
The end result is so different from what Lord and Miller envisioned that, after viewing a cut of the film, the pair decided not to challenge for director credit on the production. Some new clips from the film, almost all of which was shot by Howard, are also now out: