Against all odds (insert obligatory “never tell me the odds” joke), Solo: A Star Wars Story has now hit theaters on schedule. But it was not an easy road. Last year, Lucasfilm very publicly fired the film’s initial directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The reason why is all hearsay (and will likely be forever), but most stories seem to revolve around the idea that the directors were shooting too much for comedy, and that it cheapened the character of Solo, as a result.
Then Ron Howard came in, and everything was peaches and roses, right? But the question always remained: Just how much did Howard reshoot? he was hired with three weeks left in principal photography, and everything else was shot in extended additional photography…so there’s no way it can be more than 50 percent, right?
When all said and done, according to a report from Variety, Howard shot about 70 percent of the finished product, and when all said and done, these extensive reshoots resulted in the whole movie costing north of $250 million.
“I didn’t witness any of the difficulties or where that disconnect was,” says Howard told the outlet. “But the one thing that I could bring to it was objectivity. I saw it as an opportunity.”
This is an impressive accomplishment — and the fact that they managed to still have it come out in May, less than a year’s time after the sacking, is insane.
Well done, Howard. Well done.
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