Ron Howard open to directing another Star Wars film


The acclaimed director is up for another crack at the Star Wars universe despite Solo’s box office flop.

Solo director Ron Howard said he would be open to directing another Star Wars film in an interview with Metro

After the firing of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Howard was brought in to finish the job on Solo. The film bombed badly at the box office, making it the worst-grossing Star Wars film  Disney has released thus far.

Despite the flop, Howard said that he would be up for a return to the franchise, saying that he had “a great experience” with the project and that another directing gig “would depend entirely on the story”.

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In the interview, Howard also commented on The MandalorianJon Favreau’s upcoming live-action series that will debut next year. Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron’s daughter, is directing an episode of the show. “She’s having a great experience,” said Howard. “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”.

Personally, I think this is great news for the franchise. I know that Solo wasn’t completely Ron Howard’s vision, but it was probably as good as it could’ve been, especially given the rocky production process that it went through. Besides, only a fool of Jar Jar’s caliber would deny Howard’s skills in the director’s chair as he’s given us classics like A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13. 

When I came out of Solo, I had the feeling that I thought I would have after The Last Jedi: pure joy. After TLJ, I didn’t know what to think. All I knew was that I didn’t quite get what I was expecting, let alone what I was hoping to see. With Solo, it was completely flipped. Other than Rogue One, it’s my favorite Star Wars movie in the Disney era.

Let me get straight to the point – this man brought Darth Maul back into my life. So, for that, I feel like I’m indebted to Howard in some way. All in all, this is a good sign for the execs at Lucasfilm. If Howard comes knocking for another shot at Star Wars, they’d best answer the door.

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