Thursday, 21 June 2018

Lucasfilm puts "A Star Wars Story" spin-offs on hiatus



Collider exclusively broke the news that Disney's Lucasfilm is putting its A Star Wars Story spin-offs on hiatus following lukewarm box office takings for director Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story, which I'll continue to argue should have been released this December. Disney would have owned the holiday season with Star Wars and Mary Poppins Returns. Ironically, this may benefit the troubled Transformers franchise as the Bumblebee spin-off could see the beloved robots rebooted with heart, soul and a healthy dose of nostalgia.



So, there'll be no Boba Fett or Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone movies for the foreseeable future. Instead, the franchise will double down on JJ Abrams' Episode IX, closing off the current sequel trilogy with Rey, Poe and Finn, and new trilogies from Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones' David Benioff and Dan Weiss.

Historically, Star Wars always works best when scarce and not oversaturated. Pent-up demand for The Force Awakens culminated in box office and merchandise success. The aisles of the defunct Toys "R" Us were filled with unsold products from The Last Jedi as closure loomed.

Are you disappointed given there's a live-action series from Jon Favreau and a new animated series before Episode IX is in cinemas, December 2019? Let me know in the comments below.