As if the future of Star Wars films wasn’t confusing enough, a new exclusive report from Collider says that Lucasfilm is stopping all production on standalone movies to focus on Episode IX and their next trilogy. This mean the much rumored Obi-Wan and Boba Fett movies are being put on indefinite hold to place more focus on J.J. Abram’s Episode IX. The “next trilogy” is thought to be Rian Johnson’s but take that with a grain of salt as the situation is said to be very fluid.
An excerpt from Collider’s exclusive report reads:
It may be a while before we see any more movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story out of Lucasfilm. Sources with knowledge of the situation tell Collider that Lucasfilm has decided to put plans for more A Star Wars Story spinoff movies on hold, instead opting to focus their attention on Star Wars: Episode IX and what the next trilogy of Star Wars films will be after that film. Sources tell us that the previously rumored Obi-Wan movie was in active development, but those who were working on the film are no longer involved. 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.
Here Collider‘s video about their exclusive report:
Fans may be disappointed that the standalone movies have been put on hold but there are positive aspects to this story. First, it tells us that Lucasfilm is evaluating the current position of Star Wars. With Solo not preforming well at the box office and the fandom in the middle of a civil war, it is wise of Lucasfilm to take a step back and course correct. Secondly, it shows that they are concerned with the longevity of the franchise and not only interested in making immediate money.
While hearing the unfortunate news that standalone movies like Obi-Wan, who is my favorite character, are cancelled, we can all take solace in the fact that Disney and Lucasfilm are showing they care about the fans and legacy of Star Wars.
This is why you want Disney owning a franchise because they understand if you respect the brand and handle it with quality and care, everything else takes care of itself. A lot of things have been said about Star Wars under the Disney umbrella, but one thing is undeniable: They care about the legacy of this brand and will put quality first, knowing nothing is more important than maintaining the standard set for this franchise that we fans have placed above all other movie franchises as something more than just a movie.