"Star Wars" standalone spinoff movies reportedly put on hold by Lucasfilm

Not even Darth Maul could prevent the Star Wars Solo flop

DISNEYNot even Darth Maul could prevent the Star Wars Solo flop

LucasFilm have reportedly put their Star Wars Story spin-offs on the back burner to focus on other films.

Solo's U.S. box office takings stand at $196.2m (£148m) after three weeks on release. 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.

Lucasfilm has put plans "on hold" for more spinoff films like "Solo: A Star Wars Story", Collider reported Wednesday.

There had also been reports that James Mangold was set to write and direct his own spin-off based on bounty hunter Boba Fett. For comparison's sake, Rogue One opened to $155 million and had grossed $424 million domestic by Week 4. This includes the previously rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett films, which would've focused on the characters' lives before "A New Hope", the sources said.

After three weeks on worldwide release, it has limped to $342million at the global box office with a major Star Wars fan boycott campaign taking some of the credit for its failure.

This absolutely doesn't mean we're not getting more Star Wars though.

Still, the standalone spinoffs have had a rocky history in their brief existence.

The production of Solo was equally fraught, with original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller being fired part-way through filming, before Ron Howard was brought in to remodel the entire movie. According to Lucasfilm, the new series from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss "will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson".

The production company, and its parent Disney, have reportedly chose to place attention on Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set to come out on December 20, 2019, along with the new trilogy of films.

We'll tell you more as it emerges.

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