Now that Solo: A Star Wars Story is in post-production, a lot of questions are starting to emerge as to just how much of Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s original film was reshot by Ron Howard. New unsubstantiated reports have come out claiming that at least 80% of the spin-off film was reshot for possibly twice the budget. Could that be true? Let’s jump to hyperspace and take a look at the possible size and cost of the Han Solo reshoots.
The latest episode of Star Wars News Net‘s The Resistance Broadcast claims that their inside sources are saying that Ron Howard reshot “nearly all” of Solo, for possibly “twice the budget.” The inside report claims that an estimated 80% or more of the spin-off was reshot by Howard. I can’t vouch for the reliability of The Resistance Broadcast’s sources, but Star Wars News Net has had some reliable scoops in the past.
How Much Of Solo: A Star Wars Story Was Reshot?
So, is there anything to this? I’ve been seeing a lot of sites reporting this information so I thought it may be worth taking a look at the facts. Since Disney and Lucasfilm have a strict “no comment” policy on all things Star Wars, we can only look at the information that has been officially revealed to us:
- Filming began on the Han Solo spin-off film on January 30, 2017.
- On June 20, 2017, citing “creative differences,” Lucasfilm and Lord and Miller jointly announced their decision to part ways (although later it was revealed by insiders that Lucasfilm essentially let the directors go as their visions were not aligned).
- We had learned that the production had taken a brief hiatus before this decision was announced.
- So it seems that Lord and Miller shot for just over four months.
- When Lord and Miller exited the project, it was announced that Ron Howard was hired to work on the remaining three-and-a-half weeks of scheduled principal photography as well as a now-scheduled five weeks of reshoots.
- Howard posted a photo from his first day on set, which was June 29, 2017. He announced production wrap on October 18, 2017. So Howard was filming for almost 4 months, almost the same exact length that Lord and Miller were on the film. Four months is about the same amount of time it took to film Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok.