When Ron Howard came onboard “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” taking over from the fired Phil Lord and Chris Miller, it was only several weeks away from completion. At the time it wasn’t clear how much of the film would need to be reshot, though indications were that much of what the previous helmers had done was quite salvagable.
It seemed as if Howard would only be re-doing some of the film – effectively finishing off the remainder of what was left along with doing some reshoots, the latter leading to some minor roles being recast. Now, speaking on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast, they say insider sources have revealed that Howard reshot ‘nearly all’ of Solo – estimating at least 80% of the spinoff is now from the Howard-era of the film’s production.
This at least means that there shouldn’t be any issue with the DGA in terms of directorial credit – this will be ‘A Ron Howard Film’ without question. Additionally they add that due to all the new filming, the movie’s production budget has allegedly nearly doubled. As “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” came in at $245 million and “Rogue One” totaled $200 million in the end, whatever the final figure on “Solo” ends up being should be worth a raised eyebrow.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is due in cinemas in May.