Lucasfilm reportedly postponing Star Wars spinoff films

It’s no surprise that Solo: A Star Wars Story was a disappointment for Lucasfilm at the box office. At first glance, it would seem like the film’s opening of $84.4 million and total grossing of $339.5 million worldwide are impressive. But when compared the $155 million opening from the previous Star Wars spinoff film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, that wasn’t the case. Now we have reports from Collider that Lucasfilm is going to hold off on pumping out another A Star Wars Story film. So what’s next? It looks like they will be focusing on Star Wars: Episode IX and the next Star Wars trilogy by Rian Johnson.

Collider’s sources have mentioned that the rumored Obi-Wan film was in the works, but those behind the scenes aren’t a part of it anymore. Director James Mangold (Logan) was reportedly in talks to write and direct a Boba Fett film, but with this report, that may not be the case.

So what’s the reason behind the Solo’s lackluster box office numbers? Some believe that it was Star Wars fatigue due to Solo: A Star Wars Story being released so soon after Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Others think that it’s because it’s competing with Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. What? This is Star Wars we’re talking about here. Other movies should be competing against them. I think it’s a combination of The Last Jedi splitting audience members, people having no interest in watching a Solo movie without Harrison Ford, and the behind-the-scenes drama with the firing of co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Avengers: Infinity War was released two months after Black Panther, but that didn’t stop the film from becoming a huge smashing hit and breaking records. Perhaps the secret ingredient is to produce a film that is both loved by hardcore fans and the movie-going audience. Oh, and Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp is coming out next month. So how’s that for fatigue?

Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy has had a lot of hiccups in judgment when selecting directors. Josh Trank (Chronicle) was originally supposed to direct a standalone Star Wars film, but after the release of the Fantastic Four reboot with its own drama, he was removed. Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) was hired to direct Rogue One, but Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy) was brought in to change the third act with reshoots. And then there’s the ordeal involving Ron Howard replacing Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for Solo, with Howard reportedly shooting 70% of the film.

Whatever the case, Lucasfilm will need to go back to the drawing board because there are fans who are not looking forward to Rian Johnson’s new Star Wars trilogy and Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Are you hopeful about the future of Star Wars? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook!

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