Director Ron Howard has revealed that he would be open to directing another Star Wars movie. Howard was hired to finish directing Solo: A Star Wars Story, after directing duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired due to "creative differences". This only fueled people's concerns about the film, which unfortunately effected Solo's box office income.
Even though Solo didn't go according to plan for Disney, there are still plenty of Star Wars films in development. Not only is J.J. Abrams filming Star Wars: Episode IX, but Rian Johnson is also developing a whole new Star Wars trilogy. Likewise, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are also creating another Star Wars trilogy. As for the TV side of the Star Wars universe, Star Wars: Clone Wars was recently revived by Disney, and Star Wars: Resistance is in the middle of its first season. Jon Favreau is also creating a TV series for Disney called The Mandalorian, which will take place in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Disney is giving many filmmakers opportunities to create Star Wars projects, and Howard may be interested in returning for another film.
While speaking with Metro, Howard explained that he might be up for another Star Wars film. Clearly not put off by the poor reception of Solo, Howard revealed, "I had a great experience with that. It would depend entirely on the story". Howard also spoke about his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, directing an episode of Favreau's The Mandalorian saying, "She’s having a great experience. So I’m kind of living through it again through her. It’s just a creative, inspired group of movie lovers who make those projects".
Despite Solo underperforming at the box office, Disney has made a substantial amount of money from their other Star Wars movies, and already turned a profit from purchasing Lucasfilm. The world of Star Wars clearly has a huge fan base who will pay for anything Star Wars related, including movies, TV shows, books, and toys. Needless to say, Disney won't be giving up on the Star Wars brand anytime soon, and with this many projects in development, there are plenty of opportunities for Howard to return.
Solo: A Star Wars Story clearly didn't go the way Disney hoped, but the blame can't be entirely put on Howard. Howard boarded the young Han Solo movie during the tail end of production, and was tasked with finishing someone else's project. The job would have been a challenge for any director, and Howard likely did the best he could with the time he had left to finish the film. Aside from this Star Wars project, Howard has directed many films throughout his career, including Frost/Nixon and A Beautiful Mind, which both won Oscars. Given Howard's reputation in the industry, it might be in Disney's interest to give him a second chance.
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