TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - October 31, 2017
Late this past summer, Ron Howard took over directing duties from Phil Lord and Chris Miller on what we now know as Solo: A Star Wars Story. At the time, we had heard that filming was more than three quarters complete, so there was some doubt over whether Howard would even receive a directing credit for the film, considering he was basically brought in to finish it on time.
Well, it seems as though Howard reshot some of what Lord and Miller did. A lot of it. At twice the price. According to Star Wars News Net's podcast The Resistance Broadcast, Howard reshot "nearly 80 percent" of what Lord and Miller shot, erasing nearly any trace that they were ever attached to the project. Back when Howard was first brought on board, Lucasfilm had deemed the footage shot by Lord and Miller to be "very usable," but apparently changed their mind and put it in a vault with Gareth Edwards' alternate cut of Rogue One.
We will never, ever see any of that footage now, and I can't help but wonder how truly unique and weird a Star Wars movie made by those two guys would've been. For now, Solo: A Star Wars Story is due in theaters on May 25, 2018. Fingers crossed we see a trailer soon.