Since the release of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY in May, we’ve wondered how Lucasfilm and Disney would react to the disappointing box-office figures, and now we might have a good idea of how they’re planning to move forward. According to Collider‘s sources, Lucasfilm has decided to pause development on the stand-alone Star Wars movies.
Of course, this is just speculation and nothing has been officially confirmed by Lucasfilm or Disney, but it certainly makes sense. The box-office figures for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY would seem to suggest that audiences weren’t interested in Han Solo’s past and aren’t willing to pay the price of admission for another Star Wars prequel. If this rumour turns out to be true, we can safely assume that the highly-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi movie has been put on hold, as well as the recently announced James Mangold-directed Boba Fett film. The report claims that Lucasfilm is turning its attention towards Episode IX (due in December 2019) and the Star Wars trilogies that both Rian Johnson and Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss are developing.
Update: according to ABC News(which is owned by Lucasfilm’s parent company, Disney), Lucasfilm told them that the report was “inaccurate.” Lucasfilm is reportedly still developing multiple Star Wars movies that haven’t been announced yet.