The box office failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story was a surprise, and it led to much speculation on how Disney and Lucasfilm will tackle future films…if they’re even made at all. A report this week claimed that the story spinoffs, revolving around characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett, are being put on hold while Lucasfilm focuses on other films. Lucasfilm later downplayed the report. Now, we have some clarification.
According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s sources, Lucasfilm isn’t slowing down development on the Star Wars spinoffs per say. Rather, Kathleen Kennedy and co. are reassessing how to make and market them.
For example, the Boba Fett movie – currently being written by James Mangold and Simon Kinberg – could be reconfigured in the wake of Solo‘s performance. Basically, if an iconic Star Wars character like Han Solo could struggle at the box office, then a movie starring Boba Fett would have to be “scaled down.” Meanwhile, the Kenobi movie’s exact status is unclear, while any sort of Solo sequel surely won’t happen now.
Also, Lucasfilm is now in no hurry to set release dates for movies until they’re ready. This explains why there are no current dates beyond Episode IX.
Hopefully, we’ll hear more news soon. Stay tuned.
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