Solo sequel not a priority for Disney and Lucasfilm
Fans of Solo: A Star Wars story won't be happy to hear recent comments from director Ron Howard regaring a potential sequel to the 2018 movie.
Solo was released in 2018 and received mixed reviews from critics, while it is considered to be a box office bomb, the biggest in the history of the Star Wars series in fact.
At the time of the movie's release, Variety reported that it needed to make $500 million just to break even when accounting for production and marketing costs. Its total worldwise gross was $393m.
Howard, who stepped into the director's chair after previous directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left over creative differences, doesn't believe a Solo sequel is a priority for the studio.
“The only discussion that I’m aware of about a sequel for Solo is coming from the fans at this point," the director revealed to NME.
“I don’t think it’s a Lucasfilm priority, as I understand it."
Howard did go on to say that a sequel was not out of the question for the future, however.
“There’s some great characters launched, and the folks from Lucasfilm love the fans and really do listen so I would never say never – but I’m not aware of any concrete plans right now to extend the story or deal with that particular set of characters," he explained.
Will there be a sequel to Solo?
Variety previously reported that Lord and Miller left the project due to a clash of visions with producers Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan.
While most of the criticism aimed at Solo is with regards to the storyline, not the performances of the cast, Kennedy has apparently been put off recasting extremely famous roles, like she did with Ehrenreich and Harrison Ford for Han Solo.
“There should be moments along the way when you learn things," She told Vanity Fair.
"Now it does seem so abundantly clear that we can’t do that.”
While speaking to Games Radar, Kennedy said no future instalment of the Solo series was off the table, but that Disney has perhaps learned its lesson from recasting those iconic characters.
"I never say never. It's certainly not something that we're doing with any intention right now. We're still talking about Lando with Donald Glover, for instance, but I don't think we would intentionally just look back at some of the characters like Luke and Leia and whatnot and decide arbitrarily to do a story," the producer explained.
"There would have to be a really strong reason why."