This week there were reports that due to the apparent poor reception of Solo: A Star Wars story at the box office, Lucasfilm was putting their spinoffs on hold and concentrating their efforts on Episode IX and other projects.
However they have weighed in on the rumours to claim that they are false (of course they have!) A statement released yesterday says that these reports are inaccurate and that there are multiple films still in development outside of the confirmed new works by Rian Johnson (currently developing a new trilogy) and Game Of Thrones duo David Benioff and DB Weiss.
Just to get you up to speed, Collider reported that after Solo didn’t do as well as they had wanted, films like Obi-Wan and Boba Fett were no longer in production whilst the company focused on its primary films. Despite the fact that nothing had been confirmed, it seems Lucasfilm wanted to put this fire out before the rumours spread, perhaps a lesson learned after constant Solo production gossip got a little out of hand.
Solo has made $196.2m in its first three weeks, by comparison Rogue One had made $455m in the same amount of time which is going to be a concern for those involved. Soon after the release of Solo, news was released regarding of a Boba Fett movie being directed by James Mangold, what exactly is going to happen to this remains to be seen.
Keep. It. Reel.
It seems Lucasfilm and Disney are eager to keep the Star Wars fandom alive with the news coming out regarding a new stand alone film this time about bounty hunter, Boba Fett. Yes this was rumoured quite some time ago but only now have they revealed it is officially going ahead with James Mangold in the directors chair as well as taking up writing duties.
As you’d expect details are scarce with this breaking just a day after Solo: A Star Wars story has hit the cinemas. It seems they are confident with their spin-off films being primarily about one main character, with Solo, Boba and a possible Obi-Wan project in the making with Stephen Daldry in negotiations to direct.
Now, I’m a big Star Wars fan. I’ve loved the franchise for years despite its mistakes. Yes I’m looking at you, shitty prequels. However, with the release of Solo less than 6 months since The Last Jedi (don’t groan, it was excellent and did more for Star Wars than most of its films have ever done) as well as Rian Johnson’s new trilogy, Jon Favreau’s live action series and yet another animated series in production, it’s become overkill. The Disney takeover was an exciting adventure into a galaxy far far away. We left it for a while then it came back roaring with the sound of a thousand TIE fighters but now it’s become too much, as if being weighed down by Jabba the Hutt.
The fact that the filmmakers themselves have been kind of varied (besides the poor decision to bring back JJ Abrams for Episode IX) might mean that these projects are good however by now you’d expect there to be some diversity and not only be helmed by white men. The Last Jedi showed us a wider universe with men and women of different ethnicities and backgrounds but it seems that whilst it’s looking good in front of the camera behind it is a whole other story.