If you didn't quite believe the recent rumor that the poor performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story led Disney to pump the brakes on all franchise spinoffs, you're not alone. Director Ron Howard doesn't buy it, either.
The report was swiftly disputed by unnamed Lucasfilm sources, who called it "inaccurate," and insisted that "multiple" unannounced anthology films remain in development. If that's not enough to convince you, then listen to Howard, who was ambushed on the street by TMZ, whose correspondent didn't quite have his facts straight, as Disney didn't "announce" anything about subsequent Star Wars spinoffs.
"I don't think that's entirely accurate," a good-humored Howard corrected. "I think that was reported, but I don't think that's exactly right. Look, everybody at Disney and Lucasfilm really cares about the fans ... I think it's an ongoing process of discovering what it can be, and what it can all add up to. And, so, it's really a process. I like the fact, that, personally, they take some chances, take some risks, and see how people respond to it."
Standalone films centering on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett have been rumored virtually since Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, but neither has been announced. The first anthology film, 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. Solo has earned $354.7 million since its release on May 25.
In theaters now, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett.