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Are The Star Wars Spinoffs Really In Trouble?

June 23, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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A number of sites reported that it could be a while before Lucasfilm puts out another Star Wars Story spinoff.

“Sources” have said that Lucasfilm will put the focus back on Star Wars: Episode IX and the next trilogy after the current one wraps up. These same “sources” shared that the an Obi-Wan movie was in active development but that it was put on hold. Same with the umored Boba Fett project that James Mangold was in talks to write and direct.

All this was in direct reaction to Solo’s performance at the box office.

The Han Solo spinoff received mixed-positive reviews but, even worse, failed to meet the high expectations for box office success. Solo pulled in $84.4 million its opening weekend and has made $339.5 million worldwide since. Good numbers if it was anything but a Star Wars project.

While it would make sense that Lucasfilm would want to take a look at its projects and make a few adjustments, reports of putting everything on hold are simply rumors. According to “sources”.

Again, “sources” came out to refute the rumors and called the report that future Star Wars projects falling outside of the main trilogy storyline have been put on hold “inaccurate”.

They said there are still “multiple” Star Wars films currently in development that have not been officially announced and are still moving forward.

Somewhere in all this is the truth.

On a totally different note, Star Wars fandom has struck back. The mission statement for RemakeTheLastJedi starts off by saying, “This is a campaign to provide Disney an opportunity to course correct with the Star Wars franchise…” and claims to have raised $83 million to remake the latest film in the franchise to appease a very vocal minority.

“The fans are completely divided and the core goal of Star Wars has been abandoned,” the mission statement continues. “The goal is to not make one half of the fandom happy over the other, it is to make a film that the fandom in general as a whole enjoys.”

The site also claims a number of producers have agreed to finance the movie.

Again, somewhere in all that is the truth.

Thoughts on the latest Star Wars happenings?