STAR WARS 'Anthology' Films Put on Hold

Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

It appears that Solo: A Star Wars Story may be the last spin-off you see for a while from the galaxy far, far away.

Collider sources say Disney and Lucasfilm have made a decision to place plans for more standalone stories on hold until after 2019's Episode IX. Director James Mangold (Logan) was reportedly in talks to write and direct a Boba Fett film, but with this report, that may not be the case. It is worth noting that neither the Obi-Wan Kenobi film, nor the much more recently surfaced Boba Fett film have ever been officially announced by Lucasfilm.

That news landed to a somewhat mixed response amongst some fans and critics, and came bundled with the reports that Solo was seriously struggling at the box office, and could even end up making a loss for Disney, a scenario previously unheard of in the Star Wars series. Lucasfilm's only other "Anthology" film so far, Rogue One, opened to $155m domestic, and went on to gross $535m in its domestic run. Lucasfilm's development process is notoriously mysterious, so this is simply a snapshot of where things stand right now in the Star Wars universe.

Part of the reason for this change of course might be due to the lackluster performance of "Solo" in theaters. As opposed to Rogue One or the episodic films by J.J.

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

On the small screen, we will be getting the Jon Favreau live action and Dave Filoni Star Wars Resistance animated series.

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

Solo, like numerous Disney era Star Wars films, had some production drama, when directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were dumped and replaced by Ron Howard.

According to Collider, Lucasfilm will be focusing on "Star Wars: Episode IX" from here on out - which is slated to open in theaters next Christmas - and the new Star Wars trilogy that was announced late a year ago.

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