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‘Star Wars’ spin-offs take a backseat

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The Jakarta Post

-  /  Thu, June 21, 2018  /  06:30 pm
‘Star Wars’ spin-offs take a backseat

After a disappointing response to "Solo: A Star Wars Story', sources say that any "Star Wars" spin-off films will be on hold. (Lucasfilm Ltd./File)

Due to the tepid response to Solo: A Star Wars Story, it is unlikely fans will get another Star Wars spin-off film any time soon.

Sources close to Lucasfilm told Collider that for now, development on any additional spinoffs have been put on hold in favor of focusing on Star Wars: Episode IX and the trilogy following it.

Previous anticipated spin-offs included a film focused on Obi-Wan and another on Boba Fett, and while Logan filmmaker James Mangold was in early talks to write and direct the latter, that was prior to Solo’s release.

Read also: 'Solo' running on empty but still top at North American theaters

The news comes on the heels of Solo’s release, which did not meet Lucasfilm’s expectations. In its opening weekend, it grossed US$84.4 million and $192.8 million in its first month domestically. Comparatively, Rogue One made nearly twice that at $155 million during its opening weekend and $424 million domestically by week four.

While the spin-offs, which were initially planned to be an anthology series focusing on some of Star Wars’ most iconic characters, did not end up panning out as anticipated, Star Wars fans still have plenty to look forward to.

JJ Abrams is set to direct the ninth installment of the franchise, and Lucasfilm has confirmed that a trilogy directed by Rian Johnson would follow suit, in addition to a completely new series of films written by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss. (sul/wng)