Rumor: Future ‘A Star Wars Story’ spinoffs on hold at Lucasfilm, including the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie
“It may be a while before we see any more movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story out of Lucasfilm. Sources with knowledge of the situation tell Collider that Lucasfilm has decided to put plans for more A Star Wars Story spinoff movies on hold, instead opting to focus their attention on Star Wars: Episode IX and what the next trilogy of Star Wars films will be after that film. Sources tell us that the previously rumored Obi-Wan movie was in active development, but those who were working on the film are no longer involved. It was recently reported that Logan filmmaker James Mangold was in early talks to write and direct the Boba Fett film, but that was before Solo’s release.
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. The film scored $84.4 million on opening weekend and has grossed $192.8 million domestically (and $339.5 million worldwide) in four weeks, which is nothing to scoff at but is far, far lower than the performance of other Star Wars movies at this benchmark. For comparison’s sake, Rogue One opened to $155 million and had grossed $424 million domestic by Week 4. 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. […]”
That’s a relief, honestly. After what they did to Han and specially to Luke, I’m happy that I won’t have to see another one of Lucas’ characters ruined any time soon.
dang. I really enjoyed both movies. (Rogue one and Solo) and i was probably more excited for a kenobi movie than i was for episode 9
Indeed, I was also looking forward to an Obi-Wan movie.
To be fair, we are still talking about rumors, but still…
Figures that the first spin-off project to take a hit would be (in contrast to all the extent Disney films) largely (albeit not exclusively) a prequel-inspired one — featuring a beloved prequel actor who had already signalled his interest. And it was a film with some good buzz around it from OT lovers, Disney fans, and Prequel fanatics alike. Shades of “The Clone Wars” being killed off.
Oh, and and if Disney are looking for an “event” movie every time, they may need to lower their expectations. If the milk from the teat is running dry, it’s only because they’ve been so furiously squeezing it to begin with. That teat is now so sore, it may take some time to heal and repair. And there’s a message here: Star Wars isn’t completely bullet-proof, after all.
Regarding “Solo” not making “enough money”: Every studio would probably think about its strategy when one movie was not as successful as expected.
But as you have stated, Cryogenic: Do they ask for too much, e.g. that every movie makes at least 800 million $ or a billion?
Oh, yes. On rethinking: Shame that Disney didn’t do that a few years ago. Before throwing out Lucas’ treatments in favour of their own commercial agenda.
And yeah. Not every movie has to make a billion. Although, an expensive one has to make close to that, or there isn’t much profit in it. Lucas and Spielberg predicted this trend a few years ago: