As is common knowledge now, Solo: A Star Wars Story had a notoriously troubled production with original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller leaving the film and Ron Howard stepping in. Even still, the amount of footage that was filmed by Ron Howard will likely take fans by surprise.
The Wall Street Journal released an in-depth story about Lucasfilm’s recent behind-the-scenes troubles with its directors, mostly focused on Lord and Miller’s ousting from the film. The creative differences between the directors and the top brass were clear from the start, and in spite of the duo agreeing to be more in-line with demands of Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan (whose Star Wars credits include The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens). One source noted that the separate visions boiled down to the movie that the writer and executives wanted to see made versus what the directors wanted to see made:
“Ron wanted to go back to the spirit of the Original Trilogy, while Phil and Chris were looking forward to something new, more like Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Howard reshot 70% of the film according to this source, getting through the same amount of material in a much shorter span of time (as Lord & Miller filmed multiple versions of the same scenes, much to the frustration of the original crew).
Even with this in mind, Disney and Lucasfilm alike appear to be incredibly confident in the film, with the premiere hitting tonight and the social media and review embargoes lifting shortly afterward — earlier than any other Star Wars movie in the company’s recent history. Solo certainly looks promising, so here’s hoping that they can deliver on that promise.
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is scheduled for a May 25, 2018 release. The film’s cast includes Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany, Ian Kenny, Warwick Davis, and Jon Favreau.
Source: The Wall Street Journal