'Solo' box office struggles may have doomed future 'Star Wars' spinoffs

Not even Darth Maul could prevent the Star Wars Solo flop

DISNEYNot even Darth Maul could prevent the Star Wars Solo flop

There has been a lot of speculation about why Solo is underperforming at the box office, with reasons ranging from backlash against Star Wars: The Last Jedi to bad timing in an already packed May.

Lucasfilm has suspended development on its current Star Wars "anthology" films, according to Collider.

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. Director James Mangold (Logan) was reportedly in talks to write and direct a Boba Fett film, but with this report, that may not be the case.

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After the recent box office downer ofSolo: A Star Wars Story the company has seen fit to put the focus squarely on the remaining Saga films and new trilogies like that of Rian Johnson.

The greatest shock, though, was a public boycott campaign by diehard Star Wars fans furious about The Last Jedi. "Even if you paid for a ticket!"

Collider is reporting that Lucasfilm has decided that after the dismal performance of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" at the box office, that they are considering putting all future Star Wars spin-off movies on hold. "Solo" made $84.4 million on opening weekend and has brought in $339.5 million worldwide in four weeks, but that falls short of how "Rogue One" performed during that same time period.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi may not be getting his own solo film. They're meant to fill in gaps between some of the galaxy's big events and delve into its biggest characters.

On the creative side, the spinoffs have faced enormous obstacles as well: major portions of both Rogue One and Solo were reshot with different directors, while an early attempt at a Boba Fett movie was scrapped outright after its director (Josh Trank) was let go. But the story of young Han Solo did receive mixed reviews, whereas Rogue One was nearly universally praised.

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