by Graham Pierrepoint
There was little surprise when Disney decided they wanted to expand the Star Wars universe once they acquired rights to George Lucas’ characters some years ago. After all, it’s always been a saga that’s ripe for the expansion, and alongside a further trilogy being announced (of which we’ve seen two pictures – The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi thus far), talk of spin-offs and prequels were being mounted. At the time, Yoda and Boba Fett were being suggested – and we’ve recently seen Han Solo’s past get covered in detail through the latest offering, Solo, in just the last few weeks. Rogue One also helped to fill in a bit of backstory before the very first movie, A New Hope, too – but it seems that a new strategy is being sought.
There’s been considerable buzz lately surrounding Solo’s performance at the box office, with sources suggesting that it could tank $50 million – that’s the first-ever loss for a Star Wars movie, and despite the money that Disney has been pulling in over the past few years, it’s likely very disappointing news indeed. Therefore, sources are suggesting that a shift in plans may be on the way. No sooner had Boba Fett’s spin-off prequel been announced were we then thrown rumors about there being extensive re-thinking over quite how the rest of the planned movies will go. Obi-Wan Kenobi was due a spin-off, too – but will that be happening now? Talk of Lucasfilm pulling back on their prequels is, at the time of writing, still technically hearsay – after all, final box office tallies for Solo are far from rolling in, though it’s interesting to note that rumors are already spreading.
▶ Disney & Lucasfilm Reassessing Plans for Future 'Star Wars' Movies In Wake of ‘Solo’
(The Hollywood Reporter)
Some sources suggest that Disney may opt to move movies already in production to their streaming platform – but beyond this, with fan reception on The Last Jedi remaining mixed, it’s safe to say that the way Star Wars movies are being lined up will likely change if the figures for Solo are set to be true. It’s not quite clear what happened with Solo – was it too soon after Last Jedi? Were people too busy watching Deadpool 2 or Infinity War? Was it just not an idea that connected well with the target fans? Who’s to say – for now, anyway, we can speculate – as Solo continues to show at theaters around the world in an effort to try and make up as much money as possible to save its name.