Lucasfilm Reportedly Shelves 'Star Wars' Spinoff Movies

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Beyond Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm still has David Benioff and D.B. Weiss waiting in the wings to deliver an as yet unconfirmed number of films.

The decision means that a rumored Obi-Wan movie, as well as a Boba Fett movie, may be on hold.

Citing "sources with knowledge of the situation", the entertainment news site said the franchise will laser in on "Star Wars: Episode IX" and the next trilogy that springs from the original core of movies.

Lucasfilm is holding off on making more Star Wars spinoff films and focusing on the Skywalker Saga and future trilogies instead, according to a new report from Collider.

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The Star Wars standalone films have had to undergo director changes for both films with Tony Gilroy being brought on to help reshoot Rogue One and Phil Lord and Chris Miller being let go and veteran Ron Howard taking over for Solo. My colleague Jason Burke elaborated further on the seeming identity crisis of Lucasfilm and the diminishing returns that the "Star Wars Story" anthology films incur.

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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. Solo arrived six months after The Last Jedi, and Lucasfilm needs to keep Star Wars movies feeling like can't-miss events.

A Bobo Fett film written and directed by Logan's James Mangold was reportedly in the early stages of pre-production, and an Obi-Wan Kenobi film had also been rumoured - but now it seems these won't happen. But the story of young Han Solo did receive mixed reviews, whereas Rogue One was nearly universally praised. 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.

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