It should come as no surprise to anyone who sat through “Solo: A Star Wars Story” that the film’s director says there are no plans to make a second movie chronicling the further adventures of young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich).
“Well, there’s no sequel planned now,” Ron Howard told Andy Cohen on Cohen’s SiriusXM Radio Andy channel. “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.”
Cohen also asked Howard, who took over the project after original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were reportedly fired, to confirm rumours that George Lucas offered him the job of directing “Star Wars: Episode 1 —The Phantom Menace” but he turned it down.
“Well, it wasn’t quite that clear and concrete,” Howard explained. “There was no script, you know. It was kind of a casual conversation where I was mixing something up at Skywalker Ranch and he said, ‘You know, I think technology has just about reached the point where I can do the next three. Would you wanna do one? I’d like to get Steven [Spielberg], maybe Bob Zemeckis…”
Added Howard: “Ultimately I said the same thing to George that Bob Z and Steven said, which was, ‘You should do this yourself, George.’ And that’s ultimately what he did. I don’t wanna make too much of that. I was flattered he thought about it…”