Disney, Lucasfilm Put Future Star Wars Spinoff Film Plans On Hold

Disney, Lucasfilm Put Future Star Wars Spinoff Film Plans On Hold

It's no secret, at this point, that Solo: A Star Wars Story didn't live up to Disney's expectations at the box office.

Collider's sources have mentioned that the rumored Obi-Wan film was in the works, but those behind the scenes aren't a part of it anymore. Lucasfilm will instead focus on Star Wars: Episode IX and its future trilogies.

Following the disappointing box office returns of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm and Disney are reportedly putting future Star Wars anthology films on hold indefinitely. At first glance, it would seem like the film's opening of $84.4 million and total grossing of $339.5 million worldwide are impressive.

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Considering it is also reported to be the most expensive Star Wars film ever made, industry estimates suggest that it would need to take $500million just to break even. A recent analyst report indicated that the movie's poor marketing was to blame for the film's struggles.

Regardless, we're hearing that plans to revisit this A Star Wars Story format have been put on hold for the moment.

Sources told the website that though a previously-rumoured Obi-Wan Kenobi origins movie was in active development, those working in the film are no longer involved, and it's not clear if "Logan" filmmaker James Mangold's talks to write and direct a Boba Fett movie will continue. Solo arrived six months after The Last Jedi, and Lucasfilm needs to keep Star Wars movies feeling like can't-miss events. Others think that it's because it's competing with Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. What those movies will entail is still up in the air but the going rumor is that they won't have anything to do with the Skywalker saga so them not getting paused makes sense. The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson will develop the new movies. But it definitely could indicate a pivot towards telling big new stories in the Star Wars universe rather than leaning on filling in the gaps in existing mythos - like Solo and Rogue One did.

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