Collider is reporting today that Lucasfilm has put all other spinoff films on hold due to the disappoint box office numbers of Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. Instead of focusing on these films Lucasfilm is reportedly shifting their focus to “Star Wars Episode IX and what the next trilogy of Star Wars films will be after that film”.
We have not received any official word from Lucasfilm (nor do I expect we ever will) but if this is true it is not that surprising to me. While I do believe Solo will get some extra life via word of mouth when it eventually comes out on Blu-ray and digital it can’t be ignored that it did not perform the way Lucasfilm wishes it had.
Even though the idea of some of the spinoffs did interest me, I am not that upset that the focus is being shifted toward a new trilogy of films. It will be interesting to see if this focus toward a new trilogy will be on the previously announced Rian Johnson trilogy or a whole new set of films.
One of my largest complaints about the trilogy since Disney took over is the lack of one creative voice or vision spearheading the whole story arc. While I loved both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi you can tell that JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson were not always on the same page in the creative process. Some of this is due to the fact that production had to start on The Last Jedi before The Force Awakens had even wrapped. Having a single creative voice will help with these issues.
What are your thoughts on this news? Do you think it is a good idea to put the spinoffs on hold? Read Collider’s full report by clicking here.