21 June, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney's latest attempt to turn the Star Wars universe into shareholder dividends, didn't get the kind of box office reception the company was hoping for. Abrams-led Episode IX, and we have two confirmed trilogies to come after that - one helmed by Last Jedi auteur Rian Johnson, and one written by Game of Thrones scribes David Benioff and D.B. This would include the rumored Obi-Wan and Boba Fett films and instead focus on Star Wars: Episode IX and the next trilogy, presumably Rian Johnson's.
While the Episode IX rumor mill keeps churning, a new report from Collider indicates Lucasfilm has made a decision to put all future Star Wars Story spin-offs on hold following Solo's less than stellar box office performance.
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After the disappointing performance of "Solo" at the box office, Disney appears to have a bad feeling about more spinoff films, at least for now. With a worldwide gross of $343m at the time of writing, against a budget that ballooned well over $200m, it's the first Star Wars failure of the Disney era. Many also argue that it didn't do quite as well thanks to being up against Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. Maybe it was marketing that didn't work, maybe it was that Harrison Ford as Han Solo is the real draw of the character, or maybe no one really wanted to see a Han Solo with a very different personality that hadn't quite become the familiar, beloved character yet.