The Star Wars Story Films Are Being Put On Hold

Jun 21, 2018, 18:55
The Star Wars Story Films Are Being Put On Hold

Going off of a report from a Collider source, there is word that the anthology "Star Wars Stories" will be taking a pause so that Disney can properly plan out Episode IX while also thinking about what the next trilogy of Star Wars movies will be about.

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. Jon Favreau's live-action TV show doesn't appear to be affected, either.

Lucasfilm is now devoting nearly all its energy and focus to the main franchise, specifically Star Wars: Episode IX which will release on December 20th, 2019.

Lucasfilm's move to discontinue the standalone films is possibly tied to Solo's performance at the box office.

According to the website Collider, "sources" have revealed that Lucasfilm, the franchise's main producer, has made a decision to concentrate its efforts on the official episode series and scale back development of future one-off movies, known as the anthology series.

As a result, the film opened with a lukewarm (by "Star Wars" standards, anyway) $103 million Memorial Day weekend en route to a $196 million box office take as of this writing.

"Disney is done experimenting with new or unusual filmmakers and will go back to proven veteran talent who they know can handle a big budget Star Wars production in an effort to prevent future production chaos, drama, and firings".

The box office for Han Solo is at a current dismal $342 million, which is a horrendous return considering the three previous Star Wars movie all surpassed a billion dollars.

The rumored upcoming films centered around Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and bounty hunter Boba Fett have been indefinitely shelved, according to Collider. Obi-Wan and Boba Fett's stories are already expanded in The Clone Wars. But the story of young Han Solo did receive mixed reviews, whereas Rogue One was nearly universally praised.