Star Wars Spin-Off Films Reportedly On Hold

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 21, 2018

Jon Favreau's live-action TV show doesn't appear to be affected, either. The new series by director Rian Johnson is more likely to proceed after Star Wars Episode IX, which is set to come out in December 2019. But this new report from Collider indicates that those movies might be on the backburner after "Solo" disappointed at the box office. Lucasfilm's only other "Anthology" film so far, Rogue One, opened to $155m domestic, and went on to gross $535m in its domestic run. The confirmed Obi-Wan Kenobi film is reportedly the chief victim of Lucasfilm's decision.

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. They're meant to fill in gaps between some of the galaxy's big events and delve into its biggest characters.

Considering it is also reported to be the most expensive Star Wars film ever made, industry estimates suggest that it would need to take $500million just to break even. Obi-Wan and Boba Fett's stories are already expanded in The Clone Wars.

Regardless, we're hearing that plans to revisit this A Star Wars Story format have been put on hold for the moment.

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. By focusing on the same 19-year timeframe as Rogue One and Solo and with characters we're more than familiar with, we're missing out on what's beyond the horizon of Tatooine or Boba's seedy criminal underworld.

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