It’s easy to see Howard’s comments and dip one’s head, but there’s a good chance the answer was a fib to throw fans and outlets off the scent. The people involved in the creation of Star Wars projects have a history of being cagey or outright lying, with Ewan McGregor notoriously denying the existence of an Obi-Wan Kenobi series for years before it was revealed.
In an interview on Radio Andy via Comicbook, director Ron Howard said that there is no sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story currently in development:
“Well, there’s no sequel planned now…”
Howard did acknowledge that Solo has found popularity despite being considered a box office failure:
“It’s amazing to be a part of a Star Wars movie that seems to be a kind of underground hit, which is not what you’d expect, but that’s been an odd, strange journey for that movie.”