Star Wars spinoffs said to be on hold at Lucasfilm

Lawrence Kim
June 21, 2018

Future "Star Wars" anthology movies like "Rogue One" and "Solo" may not be coming to theaters any time soon.

The studio is now putting all of their focus into the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, which arrives Christmas 2019, and will continue to develop the previously announced trilogy from Rian Johnson as well as the series of films from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Lucasfilm is making some major changes in the wake of the disappointing box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, as news comes that future anthology-style movies are being put on hold.

The outlet's sources claim that the Obi-Wan Kenobi film was in active development, but now those who were involved are no longer working on the project. It was also recently announced that Logan director James Mangold had been tapped to helm a Boba Fett movie, but there's no word on that project's status. The film made just $84.4 million stateside in its opening weekend at the box office, the lowest in the Disney era of Star Wars movies. But this new report from Collider indicates that those movies might be on the backburner after "Solo" disappointed at the box office. For comparison's sake, Rogue One opened to $155 million and had grossed $424 million domestic by Week 4.

Each Star Wars production thus far has experienced its fair share of troubles, especially the spinoff movies. "Chronicle" and "Fantastic Four" director Josh Trank was sacked from a standalone movie. 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. It is, however, among the most divisive Star Wars movies and prompted significant backlash from fans.

Instead, Lucasfilm is said to be focusing all of its resources on getting Star Wars: Episode IX over the finish line, given its due to bring the curtain down on this current Sequel Trilogy in December of next year.

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