'Solo' box office struggles may have doomed future 'Star Wars' spinoffs

Lydia FlemingJun 21, 2018

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. 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.

For now, the only Star Wars film confirmed with a release date is the upcoming Episode IX, which will debut December 20, 2019.

Following the disappointing box office returns of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm and Disney are reportedly putting future Star Wars anthology films on hold indefinitely. Only the second Star Wars spinoff film, Solo has had a very tough time at the box office, making $341.9 million worldwide in its first four weeks.

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

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" may be the last "Star Wars Story" that Lucasfilm ever tells. A recent analyst report indicated that the movie's poor marketing was to blame for the film's struggles. Others think that it's because it's competing with Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2.

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While Rogue One works for fans and critics largely because of the new characters it introduces (before killing them off), Obi-Wan and Boba Fett movies could easily fall into the same trap as Solo: giving us a story we didn't need.

The "Star Wars" galaxy just shrank.

Are we suffering from Star Wars fatigue? But the story of young Han Solo did receive mixed reviews, whereas Rogue One was nearly universally praised.

James Mangold was also supposed to be writing and directing a Boba Fett spinoff movie, but it's noted that was planned prior to the release of Han Solo, so it sounds as if Boba Fett isn't happening as well.

Solo, on the other hand, is the first Star Wars since Revenge of the Sith to actually star a well-known character whose most important life moments we already know.

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