Earlier this week, we reported that Lucasfilm had put their Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett-driven pictures on hold following the poor performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Well, now comes word that that is apparently not the case.
Several outlets broke the news of those movies being put on hold for now, with the poor box office performance of Solo being the reason. Here at Moonbase Alpha, we massively enjoyed Solo, yet the take-home so far has been massively disappointing for Lucasfilm and Disney. To give you an idea on the figures, Solo has taken $340 million globally by this stage, with the film costing a reported $275 million to make. Then you add in an estimated $100 million or more in marketing costs, and you can see why many are labelling the picture as a dud in financial terms.
After the news of the Kenobi and Fett outings being put on hold broke, it was believed that it was actually a Disney call rather than a Lucasfilm call. Similarly, it’s believed that Disney were the ones pushing for Solo to get released this May; just a matter of months after the mixed reaction to The Last Jedi.
Now, ABC News – who actually share a parent company with Lucasfilm – is reporting that spin-off films such as the Obi-Wan and Boba ones have not been put on hold. They add that multiple Star Wars efforts are in development, and that some of these haven’t even been announced yet.
We guess it’s down to you to make your own mind up on all of this, but we can’t help but think that the poor return and mixed response to Solo: A Star Wars Story won’t have some sort of bearing on Disney and Lucasfilm’s plans going forward.
Right now, as well as next year’s Episode IX, Rian Johnson is developing a new trilogy of films and Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are similarly working on some new Star Wars movies. If you take Stephen Daldry’s Obi-Wan-Kenobi picture and James Mangold’s Boba Fett effort in to account, then that’s a whole lotta Wars action on the horizon. Is it too much? That’s up to you to decide. Certainly, some people are citing over-saturation as an issue right now, but then on the flipside of that are those fans who would happily see as much Star Wars action as possible.
As ever, expect more on all things Star Wars – both on the big and small screen – as we get it.