Ron Howard’s “Star Wars” prequel movie “Solo” was supposed to usher in a new sector of storytelling for the long-running franchise. Younger iterations of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) were introduced and intended for sequels and spinoffs, while the 2018 film also revealed that Darth Maul is still alive. None of these plot threads persisted as “Single” bombed at the box office with just $392 million worldwide, hardly a profit for Disney.
Speaking to NME in a recent interview, Howard said that any talk of a “stand-alone” sequel is only coming from fans and not Lucasfilm itself. In other words, “Solo 2” is still dead.
“Right now the only talk I’m aware of is a sequel to ‘Solo’ from fans,” Howard said. “I don’t think that’s a priority for Lucasfilm, as I understand it.”
Howard added, “But some great characters have been introduced, and the people at Lucasfilm love the fans and really listen so I’ll never say never — but I’m not aware of any specific plans right now to expand the story or deal with that specific set of characters. .”
during an appearance “Happy Sad Confused” Podcast In 2019, Howard called the response to the film “disappointing”.
“It made a lot of money, it just didn’t live up to expectations,” Howard said. “I came in eager to help, felt I could, and had a blast. Normally it takes three years, I worked for eight months and had an experience. I feel very good about the way it turned out. I loved the way I performed to the audience, which I witnessed. All this makes me feel better.”
Howard said there’s a reason for nostalgia that “The Single” might bomb at the box office. “Maybe it’s the idea that it’s too nostalgic,” he said. “Going back and reimagining an origin story for a beloved character might not be what fans were looking for.”
The “Star Wars” franchise has made a comeback in recent years with its Disney+ television offerings, including fan-favorite “The Mandalorian” and the critically acclaimed “Andor.”