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Report: In wake of Solo, Lucasfilm putting Star Wars spinoffs on hold

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Jun 20, 2018

It appears that Solo: A Star Wars Story may be the last spinoff you see for a while from the galaxy far, far away.

According to a report at Collider, Lucasfilm is putting all plans for more spinoff films on hold following the lackluster box-office performance of the Han Solo prequel. Sources "with knowledge of the situation" said the Disney-owned company intends to focus all its energies for now on Episode IX and the next trilogy of films that will follow the conclusion of the current Skywalker saga (SYFY WIRE has reached out to representatives for Disney and Lucasfilm for comment).

If true — and it's important to note this news has not been officially confirmed by either Lucasfilm or Disney — that would mean that both the Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff and the standalone Boba Fett movie, both of which were in development before Solo's release, are likely to be put on the back burner for now. Both films already had directors attached — Stephen Daldry for the former and James Mangold for the latter — but it's unclear how far along either project was.

It's also not known whether the next trilogy of Star Wars films to hit the screen will be the one being developed by The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson or the one that has been assigned to Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — or something yet to be announced.

Solo: A Star Wars Story was released on May 25 and could not be deemed anything but a disappointment: The film received mixed reviews from fans and critics and fell far short of box-office expectations, earning just $84 million its opening weekend and struggling to reach $200 million in North America. Its $339 million worldwide take is far below that of the first three entries in the Disney/Lucasfilm era — The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and Rogue One — all of which sailed easily over the billion-dollar mark.

On the creative side, the spinoffs have faced enormous obstacles as well: Major portions of both Rogue One and Solo were reshot with different directors, while an early attempt at a Boba Fett movie was scrapped outright after its director (Josh Trank) was let go. The debates continue to rage over what led Solo to tank with audiences, but if this report proves true, Lucasfilm is deciding to cut its losses for now and refocus on moving the Star Wars universe forward with flagship stories — instead of continuing to look back.

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