Star Wars Story Spinoffs ON HOLD


If true - and it's important to note this news has not been officially confirmed by either Lucasfilm or Disney - that would mean that both the Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff and the standalone Boba Fett movie, both of which were in development before Solo's release, are likely to be put on the back burner for now. It was also recently announced that Logan director James Mangold had been tapped to helm a Boba Fett movie, but there's no word on that project's status.

Collider's unnamed sources cite Solo: A Star Wars Story's relatively poor box office performance and lukewarm critical reception as factors that led to the decision. Although Solo has made more than $194.8 million at the box office domestically (and is the fifth highest-grossing film of 2018 to date), it's been seen as a disappointment compared to other recent Star Wars releases. Its $339 million worldwide take is far below that of the first three entries in the Disney/Lucasfilm era - The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and Rogue One - all of which sailed easily over the billion-dollar mark. To put it simply, while Solo did fine by blockbuster standards, it wasn't the "event" that Lucasfilm expected out of a brand new Star Wars movie. As opposed to Rogue One or the episodic films by J.J. Solo famously lost directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were fired mid-production and replaced with Ron Howard.

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This news comes in the wake of the disappointing launch of Solo, which was only Lucasfilm's second A Star Wars Story spinoff, but which received mixed-positive reviews and fell short of box office expectations.

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