The road to release for Solo: A Star Wars Story, set to blast into theaters this weekend, has no doubt been a bumpy journey. With the removal of previous directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy brought in Ron Howard to complete production of the film. In the end, Ron Howard ended up reshooting about 70 percent of Solo, which cost the studio upwards of $250 million, according to Variety.
Reshoots are par for the course for film, to be sure, but given how much Howard ended up shooting for Solo: A Star Wars Story, combined with the total cost of what this added up to for Disney and Lucasfilm, it cannot be overstated how big of a price tag this is.
Still, Howard managed to complete the film, given what he had to work with, and with Solo hitting theaters just in time for the long, Memorial Day weekend, moviegoers and executives at Disney will have a chance to judge for themselves whether the finished product was worth the hefty price tag in the end.
What are your thoughts on the massive amount of money spent on reshoots? Is that too much, even for a Star Wars film? Do you plan on seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story this weekend? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Directed by Ron Howard with a script from Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich in the role of Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany, Ian Kenny, Warwick Davis, and Jon Favreau.
5 Reasons To Be Excited (And 5 Reasons To Worry) About ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
It’s been roughly five months since The Last Jedi came out, which means it’s time for another Star Wars movie! The second anthology film that explores the Star Wars universe’s past, Solo follows a young Han Solo as he becomes a smuggler. Before he had the Millennium Falcon or considered Luke Skywalker one of his best friends, Han was still talking and blasting his away across the galaxy.
A new Star Wars film is typically a cause for celebration, but there’s something different about Solo. The posters and print material all look fun and stylized, but the actual trailer looks gray and unsatisfying. There are a lot of things propping this movie up, mainly that it is about Han Solo, arguably the most popular character in the entire franchise, but there are also a lot of things dragging it down. Hopefully Solo will kick butt, but without Harrison Ford at the center of the action, it’s hard to say!
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