With Solo: A Star Wars Story set to hit theatres in just two months, things have remained pretty quiet on the marketing front. As most people are already aware, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller clashed with the higher ups at Lucasfilm (ie. Kathleen Kennedy) and were replaced by Ron Howard with 75% of the movie already having been shot. The belief was that Howard would help fix some of the tonal issues that had been developing and act as a confident and reassuring presence to see the rest of the project through. That being said, up until now it has been unclear who would ultimately take credit for the final product. This week we are hearing that Ron Howard will get the nod and that Lord and Miller have chosen not to fight it. They recently had this to say about it:
“We are very proud of our many contributions to the film. In light of the creative differences on Solo: A Star Wars Story, we have elected to take an executive producer credit on the film. We love the cast and crew and really love everyone and wish them the best.”
An anonymous report also came out via Vulture this week that clarifies the extent of Ron Howard’s involvement. According to an actor who was involved in both the original production and the reshoots, Howard has been doing “scene-for-scene do-overs of things previously shot” using the exact same script. The difference is that he has been working a lot faster and he has not been able to use full sets, changing how some of the scenes need to be shot.
Ultimately, it sounds like Ron Howard will end up having shot the vast majority of the film. This could also explain why we haven’t seen much footage yet. But will it actually make the film better? The anonymous source also claims that star Alden Ehrenreich was initially having trouble nailing his performance as Han Solo, but they hired an acting coach to help him in March 2017. Perhaps the reshoots will be an improvement now that he is more comfortable in the role. Do you still have high hopes for Solo: A Star Wars Story?