Filmmaker Ron Howard has responded to all the recent fan requests for a follow-up 2018’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” which Howard directed after taking over from ousted helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Burdened by a massive $275 million budget due to all the retooling, the film ultimately grossed just $393 million worldwide – a far cry from the ‘Skywalker’ saga films and “Rogue One” which all made over a billion dollars each.
Despite the financial loss, there’s still an appreciation of the film out there, and Lucasfilm previously teased they are developing a potential series following Donald Glover’s young Lando. But the chance of a follow-up film with Alden Ehrenreich reprising the Han Solo role seems extremely slim.
Speaking to The NME recently, Howard shot down any further discussion of a proposed sequel saying nothing is happening despite the talk:
“The only discussion that I’m aware of about a sequel for Solo is coming from the fans at this point. I don’t think it’s a Lucasfilm priority, as I understand it. But 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.”
Indeed, the “Lando” series first announced back in late 2020 does not appear to have made any progress in the two years since. Lucasfilm is also concentrating on other projects right now for the franchise, with more “The Mandalorian” and “Andor” coming whilst “Ahsoka,” “Skeleton Crew,” and “The Acolyte” series will launch, and several films are in development.