After one month in theatres, Solo: A Star Wars Story is now sitting at $343 million worldwide, a mere drop in the bucket compared to the total gross of the last three Star Wars movies, each of which made over $1 billion (Star Wars: The Force Awakens made over $2 billion). It was clear after the lacklustre opening weekend that Solo was in trouble, but if anything the situation has only become more dire. Disney and Lucasfilm now must face the fact that something just didn’t work and adjust their future plans appropriately. From what we are hearing, that adjustment may include taking a break from standalone Star Wars stories over the next little while. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Collider, Lucasfilm has currently put plans on hold for all upcoming Star Wars spin-offs, prequels and anthology films. This would include James Mangold’s recently announced Boba Fett film as well as the rumoured Obi-Wan spin-off. Instead, they will focus their efforts on Star Wars: Episode IX as well as the brand new series of films in development from Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
It is unfortunate that the Star Wars anthology films are taking the hit for the failure of Solo. When the idea of standalone Star Wars films were first announced, it seemed like there was so much potential in telling different kinds of one-off stories that did not need to directly connect to the existing universe. Perhaps the problem is that fans do not think these “feel like” Star Wars movies (whatever that means), although the new trilogies will still have their work cut out for them if they want fans to look beyond the Skywalker saga. Are you disappointed by this news or do you think this is the right decision by Disney and Lucasfilm?