Star Wars spinoffs said to be on hold at Lucasfilm

Danny Woods
June 21, 2018

Collider is reporting that Lucasfilm has decided that after the dismal performance of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" at the box office, that they are considering putting all future Star Wars spin-off movies on hold.

While the figure is nothing to be sniffed at, by Star Wars standards it was a disappointment for the franchise; the other standalone - Rogue One - crossed the $1billion mark by the time it finished its cinematic run.

Of course, to be fair, "Solo" opened in the far busier summer season versus the year-end holidays when the three most recent "Star Wars" movies debuted. So, that means a halt to the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie that was in development. Not only did it hit cinemas just weeks after the release of major blockbusters Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2, but it also came mere months after the critically acclaimed but ultimately divisive The Last Jedi.

Regardless, we're hearing that plans to revisit this A Star Wars Story format have been put on hold for the moment. According to Lucasfilm, the new series from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss "will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson".

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A new LEGO Star Wars set based on Solo: A Star Wars Story has been revealed in official images, with 75217 Imperial Conveyex Transport representing the film's daring heist sequence. "But Lucasfilm's main focus at the moment is planning the next trilogy after the Abrams-directed [Episode IX], which is expected to conclude the story of Rey (Daisy Ridley) that began with The Force Awakens".

"Disney is done experimenting with new or unusual filmmakers and will go back to proven veteran talent who they know can handle a big budget Star Wars production in an effort to prevent future production chaos, drama, and firings".

More as we hear it.

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