Fans of Solo: A Star Wars Story got a bit of much needed, yet disappointing news over the weekend. Recently, the film’s director, Ron Howard, spoke to NME and was asked about the possibility of developing a sequel. Unfortunately, the answer he delivered was not optimistic.
“The only discussion that I’m aware of about a sequel for Solo is coming from the fans at this point,” Howard said.
“I don’t think it’s a Lucasfilm priority, as I understand it.”
Howard’s answer may disappoint a few fans, but it is not entirely surprising. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 69% grade from critics and a 64% grade from fans.
“Solo may have the look and feel of a Star Wars movie along with some iconic characters, but it’s missing the heart of one,” Kristen Acuna of Insider wrote.
At the box office, the film also appeared to fall short of expectations. With a production budget of approximately $275 million, the film grossed $213 million in North America and $393 million worldwide.
Despite the performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Howard still has a glimmer of hope that a sequel could be created in the future.
“There are some great characters launched, and the folks from Lucasfilm love the fans and really do listen so I would never say never,” he said.
“But I’m not aware of any concrete plans right now to extend the story or deal with that particular set of characters.”