Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday's Headlines - Star Wars Film News (Sad)

Yesterday, Lucasfilm is making some major changes in the wake of the disappointing box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, as news comes that future anthology-style movies are being put on hold.

A new report from Collider states Lucasfilm is instead focusing on the release of Star Wars: Episode IX and whatever trilogy of movies will follow after, and that some of the spinoff stories in development are no longer in the cards.

The report states the rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff from director Stephen Daldry was in active development, but the people who were working on that movie are no longer involved. It could be the same case for the long-rumored Boba Fett spinoff, which was recently announced to be in development with Logan director James Mangold.

The news is likely going to come with speculation that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy is in the hot seat after Solo: A Star Wars Story fell far short of expectations. The film made just $84.4 million stateside in its opening weekend at the box office, the lowest in the Disney era of Star Wars movies.

While both main entries in the saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, both entered the record books with their opening weekends and total box office grosses, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also opened to an impressive $155 million. That total is nearly twice that of Solo's, and Rogue One also made nearly $100 million more in its fourth week at the domestic box office than Solo has made worldwide.