The Star Wars Story spinoffs are not going as well as Disney hoped they would.
With only Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story under their belt, Disney and Lucasfilm are considering pulling back on their spinoffs after the latter’s disappointing box office numbers. This includes the Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett spinoffs that were in development. More on the story below.
In an exclusive report from Collider, the decision was made in light of Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s mixed reviews and under-performance at the box office. The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi had all received favorable reviews and performed well at the box office. However, when compared to Solo, that film received mixed reviews and fell short of industry expectations. Analysts say those numbers may have been due to poor marketing, while others cite Star Wars fatigue. The already busy summer schedule could have been another reason. Disney previously rescheduled Avengers: Infinity War to an earlier date to give it and Solo some breathing room. However, Fox made some moves of their own by rescheduling Deadpool 2, which may have taken away from Solo‘s audience.
Regardless, this is having an impact on Disney’s plans to expand the Star Wars mythology with more Star Wars Story spinoffs.
The planned Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff from the rumored Stephen Daldry and Boba Fett from Logan director James Mangold have all been put on hold. But sources tell Collider that the studio will move forward with their plans for The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s planned trilogy and the series of movies from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
These spinoffs have had their share of problems in the past. Rogue One had multiple reshoots in the summer before the film’s December release. Much of the third act’s script was rewritten by Tony Gilroy. Then there was Josh Trank’s firing from the Boba Fett film. Most recently, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from their work on Solo due to creative differences. The two were eventually replaced by Ron Howard. And then there was Colin Trevorrow, who was let go before production on Episode IX could start. He was replaced by The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.
While the spinoffs didn’t get off to a promising start, I think it’s best that Disney and Lucasfilm put the anthology stories to rest, for now. Part of what made the original stories so great was that they were legend as told by scoundrels and heroes. There was no real need to see it all on the big screen. By planning for the new Johnson trilogy, and Benioff and Weiss series of films, we can look forward to something new and fresh. As Kylo Ren said in The Last Jedi: “Let the past die. Kill it if you have to.”
We will keep you posted on any new developments should they come in