At just $343 million worldwide, Solo‘s middling box office performance has caused a ripple effect throughout the galaxy. And not in a good way.
Emerging from a troubled spell in production, the Ron Howard-directed Anthology pic currently resides close to the bottom of Lucasfilm’s all-time box office charts, and it seems the Powers That Be have finally taken heed of the consumer – until further notice, all standalone Star Wars movies have been placed on hold.
No longer will Lucasfilm blindly announce movies for the franchise’s most loved characters (see: Boba Fett) as it reins in the focus to Episode IX and those all-new trilogies from Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones duo, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
But it seems the studio’s other planned Anthology pic, one based on the origins of Obi-Wan Kenobi, had already stalled in development long before the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Per Omega Underground, it’s being reported that director Stephen Daldry walked away from the Star Wars Anthology pic earlier this year – May 11th, to be specific – despite climbing on board in August of 2017.
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 difficult to know exactly when the wheels came off.
Even still, with news that James Mangold’s Boba Fett movie won’t enter production until at least 2020, this is further proof that Lucasfilm is rethinking its approach to those films ending in ‘A Star Wars Story.’ More on this ongoing saga as it develops.