Two years ago, the future of the "A Star Wars Story" label was full of promise.
According to the website Collider, "sources" have revealed that Lucasfilm, the franchise's main producer, has chose to concentrate its efforts on the official episode series and scale back development of future one-off movies, known as the anthology series. It seems that Lucasfilm will now focus on what the next set of films will be after the J.J. Abrams-directed "Episode IX" hits theaters next December. This also means a standalone project from the much-loved bounty hunter, Boba Fett, could be a long time coming.
Collider.com is reporting that LucasFilm has chose to put a hold on development of these spinoff movies and refocus it's efforts on "Star Wars: Episode IV" and the next trilogy of movies after production wraps up on that one.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is in cinemas now. "Even if you paid for a ticket!"
After three weeks on worldwide release, it has limped to $342million at the global box office with a major Star Wars fan boycott campaign taking some of the credit for its failure.
There are a number of factors in why Solo's performance was worse than expected, but one many have pointed to is the movie's release date. Others think that it's because it's competing with Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. But it definitely could indicate a pivot towards telling big new stories in the Star Wars universe rather than leaning on filling in the gaps in existing mythos - like Solo and Rogue One did.
That's despite recent reports suggesting eagerly-anticipated flicks based on timeless characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi (starring Ewan McGregor) and Bobba Fett were next in-line.
More as we hear it. Rogue One visited a familiar part of the Star Wars storyline where we already knew what had to happen, but it featured an entirely new cast of characters on their own mission.