“I’m not aware of any specific plans at this time to expand the story or delve into this particular group of characters.”
Powerful as it is, the Solo: A Star Wars Story fanbase is expecting some potentially disappointing news from director Ron Howard. While the introduction of the young version of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) was meant to start a new strand of “Star Wars” movies from Lucasfilm, it ended in box office failure (with grossing around $100,000). $392 million versus its reported budget of $300 million) and received mediocre reviews from critics. The film also suffered from various behind-the-scenes glitches, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller being booted out of the project in 2017 before Ron Howard arrived to finish the job.
In a new interview with NME, Ron Howard said that any rumors about a possible “Solo” sequel are entirely fan-driven and not serious in talks at Lucasfilm.
“The only discussion I’m aware of right now about a sequel to ‘Solo’ is coming from the fans,” Howard said. “As I understand it, I don’t think it’s a Lucasfilm priority.”
Cries for a sequel also followed with the film’s revelation that Phantom Menace villain Darth Maul was alive after all.
The director of ‘Thirteen Lives’ and ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ continued, “But there are some great characters and the people at Lucasfilm love the fans and really listen, so I would never say never – but I don’t know of any specific plans right now to expand the story or deal with that particular group of characters.
Earlier this year, Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy viewed the film’s failure as a lesson for Lucasfilm and the franchise.
“There should be moments along the way when you learn things,” producer Kennedy told Vanity Fair at the time. “Now it seems so obvious that we can’t do that.” The most important thing to take away? “Star Wars” shouldn’t just recast old, fan-favorite characters like Han and Lando.
“It made a lot of money, it just didn’t live up to expectations,” Howard said on the 2019 Happy Sad Confused podcast. . Usually it takes three years, I worked eight months and got an experience. I really like how it turned out. I loved the way it was played for the audience which I witnessed. All of this makes me feel good.”
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/12/solo-sequel-ron-howard-star-wars-unlikely-1234795216/ ‘Solo’ Sequel: Ron Howard Says Star Wars Follow-up Unlikely