LucasFilm Putting 'A Star Wars Story' Movies on the Back Burner

Oscar Cross
June 21, 2018

It's no secret, at this point, that Solo: A Star Wars Story didn't live up to Disney's expectations at the box office.

The news, however, won't affect the previously announced Star Wars trilogy from Rian Johnson or the Star Wars films from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. It's not that I'm actively against Solo, an Obi-Wan movie, a Leia movie, or anything else existing, but Lucasfilm may be exactly right that those aren't not the kind of thing that draws massive audiences.

"Star Wars: Episode IX" is now slated to hit theaters December 20, 2019.

The news comes from Collider, which reports Disney-owned Lucasfilm is putting the brakes on future "Star Wars" anthology movies to focus on Episode IX and beyond. 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.

Prior to the release of Solo, the outlet claimed that Logan writer/director James Mangold was developing a Boba Fett film, which Lucasfilm had teased years ago with Chronicle and Fantastic Four director Josh Trank attached. 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.

Solo's U.S. box office takings stand at $196.2m (£148m) after three weeks on release. It also was in competition with two blockbusters - "Averngers: Infinity War" and "Deadpool 2".

Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. But the story of young Han Solo did receive mixed reviews, whereas Rogue One was nearly universally praised.

Solo was the second of Disney's line of Star Wars spin-offs, following Rogue One.

More as we hear it.

Regardless, we're hearing that plans to revisit this A Star Wars Story format have been put on hold for the moment.

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