A new report has surfaced that suggests that Disney is putting all planned Star Wars standalone or “story” films on hold, for the time being, meaning that several rumored films appear to be in production limbo until the studio decides to give them the green light. The decision appears to stem from the disappointing box office performance of Solo, the most recent standalone film, earlier this year.
Despite reportedly costing $275 million to make, Solo has yet to cross $200 million at the domestic box office and has made less than $350 million internationally, well below any of the other Star Wars films from the new generation. The underwhelming performance has reportedly caused Disney to reconsider the strategy of releasing a new ‘Star Wars Story’ film every other year, which means that the reported Obi-Wan and Boba Fett spin-off movies may have been scrapped before they could even get started.
However, it’s important to note that none of these standalone films were ever actually confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm in the first place, so it’s unclear if they were actually in development or just rumors that the Internet decided to run with. In other words, the news here is that secret Star Wars movies might be killed in secret, maybe.
Other than Episode IX, which is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2019, the only confirmed Star Wars films are a new trilogy directed by Rian Johnson that will decidedly not focus on the Skywalker family and a “new series of Star Wars” films that will be written and produced by Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The producer of the Johnson trilogy, Ram Bergman, has said that production on those movies might begin in “two years.”
Lucasfilm has shared little to no information about any of the other standalone movies, so most of the chatter has come from fan speculation and rumors, meaning Disney/Lucasfilm is merely canceling a bunch of movies they weren’t making anyway. Still, it would be nice to get an Obi-Wan spin-off adventure someday, especially since Ewan McGregor has repeatedly expressed interest in reprising the role.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is still in movie theaters right now. Episode IX is out on December 20, 2019.