Star Wars spin-offs ‘on hold’ following Solo box office struggles

Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

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The decision by Lucasfilm could affect rumored standalone Star Wars spinoffs starring Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett, which have reportedly been in the works for some time. In its own fascination with Star Wars in your eyes until you can't see, Lucasfilm seemed convinced it could pull an MCU, forgetting the MCU has a cohesive, forward-moving story. Josh Trank (Chronicle) was developing a Boba Fett movie around the same time Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) was prepping Rogue One, but Trank was subsequently removed from the project and Lucasfilm lost a film off its planned slate. Notably, plans were underway for an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film, but those appear to have been scrapped. 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".

Solo, on the other hand, is the first Star Wars since Revenge of the Sith to actually star a well-known character whose most important life moments we already know.

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Future Star Wars spin-offs have reportedly been put on hold following the struggles of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the box office. And while "Rogue One" managed to be a box-office success, Tony Gilroy was brought in for extensive reshoots. Episode IX, directed by JJ Abrams, is in production and scheduled for release in December 2019. Part of what made the original stories so great was that they were legend as told by scoundrels and heroes.

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. By all accounts, we're still getting these two trilogies and I can't wait to see what they're about. The racist and misogynist sects of Star Wars fans (which I wrote about here) are claiming this as a victory for their boycott of Solo, even though that doesn't even make sense. Star Wars became what it is because it felt new and fresh (even if the basic plot structure wasn't). Were you interested in seeing more Anthology movies? And, let's be honest, that's good news for all of us.

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