Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

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

This move comes just weeks after Solo: A Star Wars Story arrived in cinemas.

Citing anonymous sources, Collider reported on Wednesday that Lucasfilm has halted development on the A Star Wars Story spinoff movies, including rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett movies, as well as contracted sequels to Solo: A Star Wars Story, the latest entry in the series. It was also recently announced that Logan director James Mangold had been tapped to helm a Boba Fett movie, but there's no word on that project's status. Unlike the first three Disney Star Wars films, Solo occupied a traditional May summer slot, and one so close to two other movies that so obviously overshadowed it.

According to Star Wars News Net, the multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate is reportedly "done experimenting with new or unusual filmmakers".

Of course the May release date could have had something to do with Solo's disappointing performance. One wonders how the film would have fared had Lucasfilm pushed Solo's release to December instead. Star Wars: Episode IX lost Colin Trevorrow after Lucasfilm and him "mutually chose to part ways" previous year, and a similar story played out with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on Solo. Then story issues led to extensive reshoots on Rogue One that reworked the third act, with Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy) overseeing the new scenes.

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Ron Howard took over as director mid-way through production, while reports claimed leading man Alden Ehrenreich required on-set acting coaches while reprising the role made famous by Harrison Ford.

It may be a while before we see any more movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story out of Lucasfilm.

Disney and Lucasfilm will reportedly only hire proven directors for future Star Wars films, given their history of parting ways with young directors.

We'll tell you more as it emerges.

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