Star Wars spin-off movies to be put 'on hold' after Solo flop

Not only did Solo: A Star Wars Story divide audiences, but it bombed at the box-office.

Solo might be the last Star Wars Story spin-off for a while, according to reports this week.

Today's updates suggests studio big wigs are having second thoughts on proceeding, perhaps based upon Solo's well-publicised production problems and relatively lukewarm box office reception.

DISNEYStar Wars Solo flop puts Obi-Wan film on hold?

As reported by Collider, Lucasfilm has now made a decision to put any new spinoff movies on hold and will instead concentrate on Star Wars: Episode IX, which is due in December 2019, before moving on to the next Star Wars trilogy-one that will be separate from the Skywalker saga. Solo grossed only $85 million in its opening domestic box office weekend, going on to earn a domestic total of $192.8m so far, four weeks into its release.

While Disney never confirmed plans for an Obi-Wan or Boba Fett movie, it was rumored "Logan" director was developing a film on the mysterious bounty hunter. 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.

Still, the standalone spinoffs have had a rocky history in their brief existence.

When Gareth Edwards was hired to work on "Rogue One", Josh Trank was brought in to develop a Boba Fett movie but was subsequently removed from the project. And then of course Solo saw directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller fired during production, with Ron Howard coming in to replace them and reshoot a number of scenes. The report also makes sure to note that this doesn't mean all plans for future films are on hiatus, as The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B.

More as we hear it.

The new Star Wars trilogy will present a huge challenge for Lucasfilm, once Star Wars IX is released in December, 2019.

  • Gwendolyn Kim