Lucasfilm is rebutting a report this week that Disney has pulled the plug, at least for the time being, on all its planned Star Wars spinoff movies in the wake of Solo: A Star Wars Story’s disappointing box office. Describing the news as “inaccurate,” sources at Lucasfilm reportedly assured Disney-owned ABC News that there still are “multiple” Star Wars projects outside the main saga titles still in the works.
“Lucasfilm told ABC News there are still "multiple" Star Wars films currently in development that have not been officially announced,” ABC reports. “Those projects are moving forward separate from an already-announced Star Wars trilogy being overseen by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and another series of movies from Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.”
Citing sources “with knowledge of the situation,” Collider had reported earlier that everything outside the announced mainline movies still to come under the Star Wars brand had been put “on hold” as Disney retrenches its strategy following Solo’s no-show at the box office. Disney and Lucasfilm did not confirm that report.
Steve Weintraub, the Collider reporter who first broke the story that Lucasfilm had put the spinoff movies on hold, responded to ABC News' story by insisting that his original report was accurate.
The reports have already sent a wave of anxiety across the Star Wars galaxy, with fans anguishing over the possibility that there’d be no standalone movies targeting Obi-Wan Kenobi or Boba Fett, both of which had directors (Stephen Daldry for Obi-Wan and James Mangold for Bob Fett) attached and were in development.
While Lucasfilm’s denial that anything’s been put on hold or canceled is emphatic, so far as it goes, it still leaves open the question of how Disney is approaching its future Star Wars lineup in terms of re-evaluating its criteria for selecting creative teams and talent.
Neither Disney nor Lucasfilm is commenting to media on “the subject of any unannounced Star Wars films or their expected release dates,” ABC News reports. “Fans will just have to wait and see.”