Amidst all the hullaballoo about Solo: A Star Wars Story perhaps derailing the whole Lucasfilm spin-off machine, we’ve been wondering what director Ron Howard makes of all this. Well, say what you will about TMZ, but thanks to their ambush interview with Howard, now we know.
While walking down the street with his Imagine Entertainment co-hort Brian Grazer, Howard was approached by the gossip site and asked what he thought about the non-(non)fact that Disney “did announce that they are suspending all the Star Wars spin-offs” in the wake of Solo’s less-than-stellar box office.
To which level-headed Howard calmly replied: “I don’t think that’s entirely accurate. I think that was reported, but I don’t think that’s exactly right.”
And of course, he’s right, Disney didn’t make that announcement, and in fact refuted the Collider report that stated as much.
Yet Howard, ever the generous interviewee, even whilst being ambushed, went onto clarify his feelings on the Disney/Lucasfilm strategy going forward.
“Everyone at Lucasfilm and Disney really cares about the fans,” said Howard. “I think it’s an ongoing process of discovering what it can be, and what it can all add up to. So it’s a process, and I like the fact, personally, that they take some chances, take some risks, and see how people respond to it.”
Which is a great point, indeed. But it’s the way that Howard went onto explain his feelings about Solo’s success that is perhaps most telling.
“This movie did really well,” said Howard. “This movie did really well for me. I had a great experience, exit polls were great, and the reaction was terrific among fans. And… so… you know… the economic side, you know… was not what everyone was looking for.”
With just over $200 million in lifetime gross, Solo is technically Howard’s third most financially successful film, behind How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Da Vinci Code, so it’s not that surprising to hear Howard say as much. Perhaps Star Wars fans just have expectations from another galaxy.