Solo: A Star Wars Story could very well be the last Star Wars story film we see for awhile. The decision has been made for the sole purpose of aiming their focus on Star Wars: Episode IX as well as the trilogy that will follow. This all seemed to manifest itself after Solo fell short of its expected earnings. Where this sucks the most is the Obi-Wan film that was said to be in active development. All those included in the film’s development are no longer a part of it. However, James Mangold’s Boba Fett solo movie is still active.
Solo’s release was a gut punch for Lucasfilm. Upon its release, it has made $339.5 million in the last four weeks, and it’s only the second Star Wars anthology film. To place some perspective on this situation, Rogue One had grossed $424 million by its fourth week in theaters. This could be due to its release date. We usually get to see our Star Wars films in December, where it dominates. This time around we got a May release, which happened to be the same season as Deadpool 2 and the record breaking Avengers: Infinity War. Makes you wonder how it would’ve held up if they would’ve waited 7 more months.
Since the get-go, the anthology films have been a mess. Rogue One had to deal with story issues that eventually led to extensive reshoots. Then Solo rolled around, and was director-less after Phil Lord and Chris Miller got fired and Ron Howard came to somewhat save the day. This wasn’t without repercussions due to reshoots once again. Now, with these films being put on hold, we still have an ample amount of Star Wars to look forward to.
After The Last Jedi’s release, it was announced that Rian Johnson would helm a whole trilogy based on new characters we haven’t seen. That’s not it either! Another new series of Star Wars films will be written up by the popular Game of Thrones writers/showrunners, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. All of these plans are not impacted by the halt on the story films.
It’s a bummer, but I think focusing on IX and the new trilogy is the smartest thing they could have done in this situation. This means we’ll get much more elaborate stories in the future, further improving the Star Wars experience. What are your thoughts on the decision to stop the story films? Let us know over at SuperBroMovies! JB Baker
Source – Collider
Star Wars: Episode IX will hit theaters on December 20, 2019