Lucasfilm Reportedly Shelves 'Star Wars' Spinoff Movies

Sergio Cunningham
June 21, 2018

Collider reports that Lucasfilm will instead re-focus all of its creative energy on the forthcoming Star Wars IX, and the planned trilogy that will follow it.

Future "Star Wars" anthology movies like "Rogue One" and "Solo" may not be coming to theaters any time soon.

Lucasfilm is now devoting nearly all its energy and focus to the main franchise, specifically Star Wars: Episode IX which will release on December 20th, 2019.

Collider.com is reporting that LucasFilm has made a decision 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. Timing may have been a factor: Solo was released in late May, in the middle of the summer blockbuster season, compared to the other three films, which all got December releases. "Even if you paid for a ticket!"

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No other films in the spinoff franchise have actually been confirmed, though strong rumours indicate that entries for Boba Fett and Obi-Wan are at some stage of pre-production. But you can certainly see why the relative lack of box office thrust from Solo would be cause for chins to be scratched and plans to be quietly shoved into carbonite.

As a result, the film opened with a lukewarm (by "Star Wars" standards, anyway) $103 million Memorial Day weekend en route to a $196 million box office take as of this writing.

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 previous year. They're meant to fill in gaps between some of the galaxy's big events and delve into its biggest characters. By focusing on the same 19-year timeframe as Rogue One and Solo and with characters we're more than familiar with, we're missing out on what's beyond the horizon of Tatooine or Boba's seedy criminal underworld. 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.

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