Future Star Wars spinoffs are on hold at Lucasfilm

Future Star Wars spinoffs are on hold at Lucasfilm

0 comments 📅20 June 2018, 21:09

Lucasfilm has put all future Star Wars Story standalone movies on hold. That means, at least for now, no Boba Fett movie, no Obi-Wan movie, and no more Solo spinoffs.

This comes in the wake of the disappointing launch of Solo, which was only Lucasfilm’s second A Star Wars Story spinoff, but received mixed-positive reviews and fell short of box office expectations. The film scored $84.4 million on opening weekend and has grossed $192.8 million domestically in the US in four weeks, which is nothing to scoff at but is far, far lower than the performance of other Star Wars movies at this benchmark.

To compare, Rogue One opened to $155 million and had grossed $424 million domestic by week four. In other words, while Solo did fine by blockbuster standards, it wasn’t the “event” that Lucasfilm expected out of a brand new Star Wars movie.

Of course the May release date could have had something to do with Solo’s disappointing performance. As opposed to Rogue One or the episodic films by J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, Solo went head-to-head with a slew of summer blockbusters in May, opening only weeks after box office bohemoths Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. One wonders how the film would have fared had it been released in December instead.

The news comes from Collider mere days after reports that a whopping nine Star Wars movies were in development. In addition to the Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett standalone movies that were definitely in the works, there are the new film series’ by Rian Johnson as well as David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Those two series are still in development and, according to the report, are likely to lead the next phase of the Star Wars saga.

Which is not to say Stephen Daldry or James Mangold will never make their Star Wars Stories. They just won’t make them until Disney is ready to make another investment in them.

In the immediate future, JJ Abrams Star Wars: Episode IX is still coming in December 2019. After that? Maybe Star Wars takes a year off or maybe Johnson’s first movie comes out. It’s doubtful Benioff and Weiss’ series could be out that soon considering they’ll be finishing Game of Thrones well into 2019.

But Star Wars isn’t going away, not by a long shot. The new Dave Filoni animated series Star Wars Resistance premieres later this year and the Jon Favreau live-action show is getting closer and closer to becoming a real thing. In essence, Lucasfilm will just simply slow down a little and catch its breath, which is no bad thing.

Here’s the news from Collider

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