– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Star Wars News Net has dropped some big news via their Resistance Broadcast podcast. According to the outlet, Ron Howard — the current director of Solo: A Star Wars Story — has reshot nearly all of the film. Here’s what he said:

“[Sources] have informed us that the reshoots ended up covering nearly all of Han Solo, and potentially up to twice the budget.”

The host of the show went on to give a more specific number of around 80 percent of the film, which is absolutely shocking. What’s more, the “twice the budget” line is a big one as well. With Rogue One’s budget coming in at around $250 million (including extensive reshoots, which covered around 50 percent of the film), is it unreasonable to assume that the final budget may be $250-$300 million? We’re not sure, but given all the rumblings around set, it’s no huge surprise that they had to reshoot so much.

What is a bit surprising is that they managed to reshoot that much of the flick in so short a period of time (three-plus months). Is it physically possible for anyone to shoot anything of quality in that short of time?

This report comes months after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired as directors for Solo: A Star Wars Story. The pair were reportedly creating a wackier version of the script that made Han Solo more of a caricature.

Here’s hoping it’s all for the better. After all, Star Wars’ track record has been great so far with the films they released, and audiences won’t accept anything but excellence.

What do you think of this rumor? Do you think it spells good news for the franchise? Let us know down below!

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2018.

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SOURCE: SWNN and The Resistance Broadcast

  • JSmoove

    I have a bad feeling about this.

  • Mark

    Im not interested in the rehashing of old “beloved” characters. I want fresh and new.

    Only 1 character I’d really be interested in seeing his story and thats Sidious.

    Other than that i could care less

  • HaroldNMaudeDib

    Maybe now they can fire Kennedy.

  • noahwayne0

    A movie that should never have been made in the first place.

    Disney will squeeze the magic all out of Star Wars. The apologists will still defend it.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I wouldn’t be too worried. They already had pre-production done. Cast in place, props, ect. They have an experienced film maker step in and salvage a story. It’s possible it could be good. I was never that thrilled over a Solo standalone film.

  • Venomaide

    They should release both versions see which is better.

  • Victor Roa

    wow, kinda was hoping it was like Arressted Development season 4 where they shot everyone in different scheduals and just did over the shoulder editing and then Ron does voice over
    and also, initial production shoots are 3 months with maybe 2 weeks reshoots this was 10 months….. so yeah it was bad.

  • Any news is good news as they say. To me I look at Star Wars as an amazing meal that has to be prepared a particular way or else it isn’t correct. Sure you can have a filet mignon chopped up on a salad or in tacos but when you expect a hot perfect chunk of steak that you can cut with a fork anything else just isn’t right. The only way to adapt the masses to a different version of Star Wars is to start to add small flavors that are different and then eventually people will accept a variety of different versions. If Marvel had released James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy right after they had released Iron Man and had no previous track record it probably wouldn’t have been as well recieved. Variety on a theme done well takes a lot of time and planning and while Star Wars may be an old property it is very young to Disney. They don’t want to change the recipie AT ALL until they know that they can cook it like its been cooked all the years before by the previous chef. When they get this trilogy and a couple of spinoff films under their belt then maybe we’ll see them prepared to chop up that filet mignon and put it in some tacos.

  • JohnyMyko

    “After all, Star Wars’ track record has been great so far with the films they released”

    Are you sure about that? Force Awakens was a New Hope copy-cat with a Mary-Sue and Rogue One was an absurdly flawed predictable dud. Not that great of a track record.

    • David E

      Except for the fact that everyone saw them…and a lot of people saw them multiple times.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.