No one is about to bet against future films from the Star Wars franchise in general, but there’s betting against something and then there’s betting against something, and even Solo: A Star Wars Story isn’t the sort of film that is guaranteed a sequel, no matter how much money it makes. That makes for a strange monkey for the studios since Alden Ehrenreich is signed on for three movies.
Reports have come down all through production that things were a little rough, and while it’s great to make a film focusing on a character that everyone loves, it’s a double-edged sword in itself. As Ron Howard said during a recent interview with Fandago, “Certainly, they want the commitment from the young actors, but there are no concrete plans.”
The trailers look good, and like all Star Wars movies, people are going to show up, but apparently we’re going to have to wait and see if critics and audiences fall in love with the prequel version of the character. More importantly, the franchise has a lot of balls in the air already, and countless other potential projects to take a shot at. It isn’t just the money they could haul in here, but the money they aren’t hauling in elsewhere if fans don’t really fall for Solo.
That said, does anyone really think there won’t be a sequel? Given the money pulled in by the recent Star Wars films, whether they were particularly good or not, and the massive box office managed by the broader genre of sci-fi/fantasy over the last two years, Solo: A Star Wars Story is clearly going to rake in the cash. If nothing else, it all translates into all the more money at theme parks as well, and every movie that keeps things fresh in the minds of potential vacationers is worth a few negative reviews.
Disney/Lucasfilm With box office pre-sales doubling that of Black Panther and nearly meeting the historic demand of Avengers: Infinity War , it seems like Solo: A Star Wars Story is the odds-on favorite to be a massive success . Right, right — “never tell me the odds,” but when […]