Rumor of the Day: Lucasfilm was looking to make Mos Eisley spinoff film

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Jun 22, 2018, 12:16 PM EDT (Updated)

The Mos Eisley spaceport: where everybody knows your name, provided you have the death sentence in 12 systems. Not only is it the infamous spaceport where Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first met Han Solo and Chewbacca in the original 1977 film Star Wars, but it may have also been the focus of a now-scrapped Star Wars spinoff film, according to a rumor being bandied about.

Following the news that Lucasfilm might be putting the Star Wars spinoff films on hold after Solo: A Star Wars Story underperformed at the box office, there’s a rumor circulating around another wretched hive of scum and villainy (aka the geek entertainment press) that one of the spinoff movies Lucasfilm was considering making was about Mos Eisley. (It’s where Han didn’t just shoot first, but where he was the only one who fired his blaster. But we digress.)

That’s right. Word has it that the Disney-owned studio was making Mos Eisley: A Star Wars Story (okay, not the actual working title, but something along those lines). In fact, MakingStarWars.net noted that studio space had allegedly been reserved at Pinewood Studios, and subsequently relinquished. 

The site also said that “after speaking to a few more Pinewood sources, it sounds like there was going to be a movie or a premise along the lines of Mos Eisley Spaceport: A Star Wars Story (not an official title).” It went on to add that previous Star Wars film crew members were under the impression that one of the movies in the works “was about the spaceport Luke Skywalker goes into the original film.”

It also suggests that although a previously unannounced Mos Eisley spinoff film has been scrapped, those Boba Fett and Obi-Wan movies may not be dead just yet.

Now, how valid is this rumor? Who knows? The site’s sources are all anonymous, so, you know, grain of salt. And even the website providing this story is emphasizing that this should be treated as a rumor. But if there’s even a kernel of truth to this, combined with Lucasfilm’s recent denial that the spinoff films are being suspended, then that could mean fans can keep hope alive for those Boba Fett and Obi-Wan spinoff films. 

SYFY WIRE reached out to Lucasfilm for comment, and we’ll let you know if we hear back. Until we hear more, we guess we’ll just play this Mos Eisley cantina favorite on repeat. You’re welcome. 

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