The Star Wars Story Films Are Being Put On Hold

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Sources close to Lucasfilm told Collider on Wednesday that they were putting all future Star Wars stories on the back-burner as a result of the disappointing box office returns.

This absolutely doesn't mean we're not getting more Star Wars though.

This report from Collider is predicated itself on anonymous rumors from inside the industry.

It should be noted that Lucasfilm never actually announced Daldry's involvement, nor did they hire a screenwriter to pen Obi-Wan's origins movie - that we know of, mind you - so it's hard to know exactly when the wheels came off. It was recently reported that Logan filmmaker James Mangold was in early talks to write and direct the Boba Fett film, but that was before Solo's release. You only need to look at how soulless "Godzilla" was to understand that he didn't know how to make it happen.

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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. "Chronicle" and "Fantastic Four" director Josh Trank was sacked from a standalone movie. Oh, and Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp is coming out next month. And while "Rogue One" managed to be a box-office success, Tony Gilroy was brought in for extensive reshoots. The company is reportedly contemplating the next trilogy to capture the hearts of Star Wars fans, though whether this will continue that generational epic is unknown. He was replaced by The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams. Rian Johnson had the redoubtable Ram Bergman in his corner.

While the shelved projects represent a significant chunk of Lucasfilm's future projects, there are even more still in the works. Indeed, while the film was fun, it spent way too much time answering questions no one was really asking, and in doing so, failed in that stated mission of relevance. It's just a silly idea. Globally, Solo's total is now $343.3m, well off the pace to match Rogue One's final $1.06bn. Lucasfilm is in the business of telling stories. That's not really worth a whole movie. Frankly, I don't think that's a bad thing, either.

Star Wars can still come out of this and pull through. At best, calling this a victory on their part is premature. Star Wars became what it is because it felt new and fresh (even if the basic plot structure wasn't).

We'll tell you more as it emerges.

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