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Update: LucasFilm has officially denied the report, saying that there are still multiple standalone Star Wars films in active development.



Exclusive: Future ‘A Star Wars Story’ Spinoffs on Hold at Lucasfilm


       JUNE 20, 2018

It may be a while before we see any more movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story out of Lucasfilm. Sources with knowledge of the situation tell Collider that Lucasfilm has decided to put plans for more A Star Wars Story spinoff movies on hold, instead opting to focus their attention on Star Wars: Episode IX and what the next trilogy of Star Wars films will be after that film. Sources tell us that the previously rumored Obi-Wan movie was in active development, but those who were working on the film are no longer involved. It was recently reported that Logan filmmaker James Mangold was in early talks to write and direct the Boba Fett film, but that was before Solo’s release.

This news comes in the wake of the disappointing launch of Solo, which was only Lucasfilm’s second A Star Wars Story spinoff, but which 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 (and $339.5 million worldwide) 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. For comparison’s sake, Rogue One opened to $155 million and had grossed $424 million domestic by Week 4. To put it simply, while Solo did fine by blockbuster standards, it wasn’t the “event” that Lucasfilm expected out of a brand new Star Wars movie.

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

Regardless, we’re hearing that plans to revisit this A Star Wars Story format have been put on hold for the moment. Initially announced as “anthology” movies, the spinoffs got off to a rocky start and haven’t exactly been smooth sailing. Josh Trank(Chronicle) was developing a Boba Fett movie around the same time Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) was prepping Rogue One, but Trank was subsequently removedfrom the project and Lucasfilm lost a film off its planned slate. Then story issues led to extensive reshoots on Rogue One that reworked the third act, with Tony Gilroy(The Bourne Legacy) overseeing the new scenes. And then of course Solo saw directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller fired during production, with Ron Howardcoming in to replace them and reshoot a number of scenes.

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In addition to Episode IX, Lucasfilm has officially announced development on a new Star Wars trilogyfocused on new characters from The Last Jediwriter/director Rian Johnson, as well as a new series of films written by Game of Thronesshowrunners David Benioffand D.B. Weiss. These projects continue to be in development and are not part of the paused spinoffs we’re hearing about. But Lucasfilm’s main focus at the moment is planning the next trilogy after the Abrams-directed Star Wars 9, which is expected to conclude the story of Rey (Daisy Ridley) that began with The Force Awakens.

As with everything in Hollywood, it’s always possible that some filmmaker could come in and pitch an idea for a Star Wars Story spinoff that makes Lucasfilm rethink its approach, or opt to greenlight that idea as a one-off, but as of right now we’re hearing the studio’s focus has moved away from these spinoffs for the time-being and is squarely intent on getting Episode IX to the finish line and figuring out what the next trilogy of films will be.

More as we hear it.

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 21 June 2018

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What awful news. Solo flopped because fans boycotted it because they didn't like Rian Johnson's episode 8, so they go and cancel the future spinoffs like Obi-Wan and Boba Fett that the fans actually wanted instead of cancelling Rian Johnson's upcoming trilogy?  Somebody please get rid of Kathleen Kennedy, she has no clue what she is doing.

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 20 June 2018

Thank the heavens. Get some new management and restructure your company,then try again

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I'm not really sure how Lucasfilm could pull of an Obi-Wan movie. He's pretty much just a hermit after Episode 3. If they attempt to make a movie out of that specific time period, I can only see it being incredibly trivial and meaningless like Solo or Rogue One.



why not stop making starwar movies at all and do something new and creative. the whole concept of it is beyond outdated at this point
it came at a time where people didn't know shit about space

its a rhetorical question. but I really do hate starwars and its following. its the most generic combination of things ever.

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PwerlvlAmy said:
Thank the heavens. Get some new management and restructure your company,then try again

Yeah, they need to get rid of Kathleen and promote Dave Filoni to head of LucasFilm (he is already head of LucasFilm animation). He is just about the only one over at LucasFilm who seems to know what Star Wars fans want, just look at how he made Grand Admiral Thrawn (a fan favorite from the old expanded universe) canon in Star Wars Rebels. Rebels got 100% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes for most of it's seasons from the critics, and an 84% rating on average across all seasons from the fans.

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 20 June 2018

The film ideas aren't the problem, it's the execution. Kennedy seems to be burning house until she's kicked out, so hopefully it will come sooner or later.

BTW, I was more interested in the Solo movie then I was at Rouge One at one point, but then they infused Kennedy's ways and it became a giant shitshow. While I still would like to see an Obi and Boba film, if Kennedy is in charge of it, the idea of those films scares me.

Promote Dave Filoni and give me another kotor.

They're gonna suck the life out of the Star Wars franchise until nobody gives a fuck anymore kinda like Activision did with Guitar Hero.

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Except for the Obi-Wan movie, I'd still want that... if it was any good of course, which it likely wouldn't have been at this rate.

Last edited by mZuzek - on 20 June 2018