So, the story going around today (via Star Wars News Net's The Resistance Broadcast, and as pointed out by our friends over at Slashfilm) is that Ron Howard reshot something like 80% of Solo: A Star Wars Story, and that this essentially doubled the film's budget following the unceremonious exit of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
As you might expect, this has caused a fair bit of dialogue within the Star Wars fan community: is this a good thing? A bad thing? Are there any tea leaves to be read here, and - if so - what do they say?
Well, let's keep a few things in mind: for starters, we won't ever truly know if this was the better decision because it's all but guaranteed that we will never, ever see Lord and Miller's version of Solo. We'll never be able to make that comparison, so worrying as to whether or not the right decision was made is basically irrelevant.
Secondly, Ron Howard has been reshooting Solo: A Star Wars Story for quite some time now, long enough that actors had to be replaced and - again, if we assume The Resistance Broadcast's report is accurate - at double the cost. Of course he's "mostly reshot" the movie. That's what he's been doing all this time and with all that money. This shouldn't come as a surprise.
As of this writing, Solo: A Star Wars Story is still slated to hit theaters in May of next year. When will we see the film's first trailer? Smart money's on the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but we're also kind of in agreement with The Playlist, which theorizes that we might see Solo knocked back to December of next year.
Guess we'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, please feel free to speculate recklessly in the comments below.