Few Star Wars fans had high hopes for Solo: A Star Wars Story once the project was initially announced. But despite failing woefully to make the maximum amount of money at the box-office as other offerings from the franchise, Solo proceeded to become something of a sleeper hit with fans. In an interview with Andy Cohen for his SiriusXM Radio Andy channel, Howard revealed that we now have currently no plans Solo 2 to occur.
“Well, there’s no sequel planned now and it’s amazing to be a part of a Star Wars movie that seems to be a kind of underground hit, which is not what you’d expect, but that’s been an odd, strange journey for that movie.”
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story takes viewers on a journey across a galaxy far, a long way away to witness the early days of the area smuggler Han Solo. With a star cast composed of Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams and Woody Harrelson, the movie was an earlier attempt by Disney to diversify their Star Wars lineup to incorporate characters and events completely separate from the Skywalker clan.
Originally set to be directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the duo left Solo: A Star Wars Story before even the main photography had wrapped, and Howard was brought on as an alternative to lead the project to completion.
Recently there have been rumblings of a spinoff Disney+ series borne out of Solo: A Star Wars Story, with Alden Ehrenreich, who played the role of Han Solo in the movie, teasing that he had “heard soooome stuff, but nothing concrete,” while Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian was also said to be getting his own series. Even though Howard’s comments make it appear to be the characters will not be meeting on the big screen anytime soon, Disney could quite possibly have other projects planned for Han and Lando that Howard isn’t aware of.
The filmmaker also addressed a long-standing rumor he was once offered the opportunity to direct The Phantom Menace.
“It wasn’t quite that clear and concrete and there is no script, but it was kind of an informal conversation where I was mixing something up at Skywalker Ranch and [George Lucas] said, ‘Ya know, I believe technology has just about reached the point where I could do the following three, could you want to do one? I’d want to get Steven [Spielberg], maybe Bob Zemeckis. Ultimately, I said the same to George that I believe Bob Z. and Steven said, that has been, ‘You have to do this your self, George.’ And that’s ultimately what he did. I do not want to make too much of that but I was flattered he considered it but, at that time, just launching Imagine Entertainment and really associated with what I was doing with Brian Grazer, what we’re continuing to do with the business.”