Solo might be the last Star Wars Story spin-off for a while, according to reports this week.
Collider sources say Disney and Lucasfilm have decided to place plans for more standalone stories on hold until after 2019’s Episode IX.
That’s despite recent reports suggesting eagerly-anticipated flicks based on timeless characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi (starring Ewan McGregor) and Bobba Fett were next in-line.
Today’s updates suggests studio big wigs are having second thoughts on proceeding, perhaps based upon Solo’s well-publicised production problems and relatively lukewarm box office reception.
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Ron Howard took over as director mid-way through production, while reports claimed leading man Alden Ehrenreich required on-set acting coaches while reprising the role made famous by Harrison Ford.
While the $84 million opening weekend domestically would be excellent by most standards, it fell short of expectations. The second weekend’s takings dropped 65% to $29 million.
The film’s receipts were also down significantly on the $155m in domestic business Rogue One raked in over the first three days. Rogue One also suffered production issues calling for widespread reshoots, but the end results were largely considered to be superior to Solo, among the majority of critics.
Plenty to come…
If future ‘Star Wars Story’ spin-offs are being canned for now, that doesn’t mean force fans will face a barren galaxy from here on in.
After Episode IX brings the third Skywalker trilogy to a close, there’ll be a new trio of of films from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and another separate series from Game of Thrones show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
“These new films will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” a press release said at the time.
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