No doubt many walked out of Solo: A Star Wars Story or Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ready or curious to see what Disney/Lucasfilm would do with a Lando, Kenobi or other possible Star Wars films. Turns out, we’ll all have to wait quite some time to find out.
According to Collider, following the disappointing for a Star Wars film box office of Solo, all future plans for spinoff films in a galaxy far far away have been put on hold with all focus instead going to Star Wars IX and the trilogy that will presumably come after this current one wraps up. Solo was the second of the A Star Wars Story anthology films and brought in $84.4 million on opening weekend and only scored $339.5 million worldwide over four weeks which is good for many films but was not a match to the hauls that the last three Star Wars films raked in.
Reportedly the Obi-Wan Kenobi film was in active development but now those that were working on it are no longer involved, and the reports of Logan filmmaker James Mangold in talks to direct and write a Boba Fett film might not pan out.
The previously announced Rian Johnson standalone trilogy of films and the mystery films from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are still in the works, as they are not part of the stalled spinoffs plan. This will be something that many fans will be glad to hear, as it does show that while they are shy about the anthology spinoffs, Disney/Lucasfilm are still dedicated to expanding beyond just the story of the Skywalker related trilogies.
There are many theories for why Solo might not have done as well ranging from the choice of a May release date that put it up against Deadpool 2 and fellow Disney blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, fans not ready for another Star Wars film so soon after the last one, and many pointing to the light and long-delayed marketing not helping. There was also many that were uncertain of wanting to see a film about Han, especially with a new actor taking up the iconic Harrison Ford role.
Whatever the reason for the film’s failure, it appears to have possibly made Lucasfilm very hesitant to continue making these types of films if they are not going to make back the kind of money they desire. While one could argue that if the main films bring in the billions the spinoffs should not be expected to pull in as much and could be lower key films to expand the franchise, ultimately the decision about what the films are worth to the studio is one that the studio has to make.