The seas of change are roaring over at Lucasfilm. As we’ve already reported earlier today, Lucasfilm has reportedly put any Star Wars spin-off films on hold. This comes following Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s poor box-office performance, and marks one of a few different strategies they will be utilizing.
Star Wars News Net corroborated the news surrounding the spin-offs and then went on to delve into a few other new details themselves. Among them is the studio’s approach to their films. In recent years, they’ve been churning out these flicks one after another, with Solo coming out only five months after Star Wars: The Last Jedi. By and large, they were a studio that had a few projects going at once.
Now, it sounds like they will focus on one project at a time per medium. So, Star Wars: Episode IX is its live-action film focus, Star Wars: Resistance is its animated TV focus, and Jon Favreau’s series is its live-action TV focus. So does this mean they will only have one film in production at a time? It’s not stated in the piece, but if the spirit of this quote is that they will only have one film in active production at a time, then I can’t see any other way. If that’s the case, what does this mean for the upcoming trilogy from Rian Johnson and the new film series from the Game of Thrones creators? That remains to be seen.
Another big strategy change has to do with directors. Recent years saw them make an effort to gamble with younger directors like Josh Trank, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and Gareth Edwards. In each of these cases, things fell through, and they either had to cancel the film altogether (Trank), or have someone come in to shadow direct (Edwards) or take over completely (Lord and Miller). Going forward, they will revert back to proven talent like J.J. Abrams to “prevent future production chaos, drama, and firings.”
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SOURCE: Star Wars News Net