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.
The news comes from Collider, who also noted that those working on the anthology film following Obi-Wan Kenobi, which was set to go into production in 2019, are no longer on the project. Lucasfilm will instead focus on Star Wars: Episode IX and its future trilogy.
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Logan director James Mangold was also reportedly set to helm a Boba Fett movie, but this report doesn’t indicate what will happen to the solo movie focused on the bounty hunter, though it seems safe to say it won’t go into production. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in 2015 that Boba Fett’s return is a “high priority” for the franchise, so it’s possible that he may appear in some other form.
It seems likely that Lucasfilm’s decision to put the anthology films on hold is connected to Solo. Although Solo was the most expensive Star Wars film ever made, analysts estimate that the movie will only earn around $400 million at the worldwide box office, potentially losing Disney and Lucasfilm more than $50 million. There has been a lot of speculation about why Solo is underperforming at the box office, with reasons ranging from backlash against Star Wars: The Last Jedi to bad timing in an already packed May. A recent analyst report indicated that the movie’s poor marketing was to blame for the film’s struggles.
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Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film is now in theaters.