Solo: A Star Wars Story was kind of a failure, financially. Given how much money was spent on this money in the wake of firing previous directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, it really had to perform gangbusters in order to break even. Now, with it taking less than $340 million worldwide in four weeks, it’s clear that it couldn’t even perform better than Marvel’s worst performers. Had this been your average ordinary blockbuster with a normal production budget, this may have been forgiven, but alas, Solo is not that film, and therefore, this could not fly.
With this in mind, it was a given that there would be some kind of action over at Lucasfilm. Collider is reporting that the studio is indeed taking action, and that action is probably the most logical one: putting all Star Wars spin-off films on hold. That’s right. Until further notice, no longer will we get any of these “A Star Wars Story” movies that, admittedly, few have actually asked for.
The outlet stated that the Obi-Wan movie was actively in development, but that those involved (including director Stephen Daldry) have since parted ways. Also, that recent report of James Mangold being in talks to write and direct a Boba Fett movie? Also likely nixed due to this new approach.
So what will Lucasfilm actually focus on? They will instead be shifting their focus on the next large-scale Star Wars series. As of this writing, the ones that have been announced are Rian Johnson’s new trilogy, which is separate from the main saga, and Game of Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff’s upcoming “series” of Star Wars films.
From the sound of it, they’ve learned that these overarching stories are really what audiences are looking for, not one-off tales that enrich the universe.
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