After the lackluster performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, LucasFilm has decided to put a hold on any of the upcoming Star Wars films following the ‘:A Star Wars Story’ formula. Sources say LucasFilm has chosen to focus on Star Wars: Episode IX and the upcoming trilogy instead of working on more spinoff movies.
While $192.8 million domestic and $339.5 million world wide is hardly a poor showing, when it comes to Star Wars those are small showings. The movie had a lot of bumps in its production, changes in director and a number of reshoots. It also doesn’t help that it came out in May, only weeks after Avengers: Infinity Wars and Deadpool 2.
This difficulty during production seems like a reoccurring problem with the spinoffs. Rogue One and Boba Fett where both being developed at the same time. Then, Josh Trank was removed from the Boba Fett project and the entire thing was put on hold. Before Solo’s release, there had been talks of James Mangold, the filmmaker of Logan, taking over the project. However, that now seems to also be in a waiting pattern.
Rogue One also had extensive reshoots. Story issues lead the entire third act being reshot. Oscar-winning screenwriter Tony Gilroy joined the production team of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story late into reshoots. In an interview with Brian Koppelmanhe on his podcast, Gilroy explains that his ability to change and refocus the movie came from his lack of personal investment in the series.
That was my super power. I’ve never been interested in Star Wars, ever. So I had no reverence for it whatsoever. I was unafraid about that. And they were in such a swamp… they were in so much terrible, terrible, trouble that all you could do was improve their position.”
There are plenty of spin off movies that the fans want to see. Obi-Wan and Boba Fett are probably the two highest on the list, with Lando coming in as a solid third choice. (Especially with Donald Glover playing Lando.) It looks like, however, those movies are going to be on hold for the foreseeable future.
What do you think? Are you upset that there aren’t going to be more Star Wars Story movies anytime soon or were you getting burnt out on the movies coming out so often? Let us know what you think in the comments.