In wake of Solo, Lucasfilm putting Star Wars spinoffs on hold

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Did you enjoy "Solo: A Star Wars Story"?

Logan director James Mangold was also reportedly set to helm a Boba Fett movie, but this report doesn't indicate what will happen to the solo movie focused on the bounty hunter, though it seems safe to say it won't go into production.

According to Collider, sources familiar with the matter are stating Disney LucasFilm has made a decision to place any plans for new spinoffs on hold and instead focus their attention on Star Wars: Episode IX and the next trilogy that follows.

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Star Wars actor John Boyega recently spoke out in defence of The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran after she was targeted online by abusive fans. "Even if you paid for a ticket!" A recent analyst report indicated that the movie's poor marketing was to blame for the film's struggles. It's not that I'm actively against Solo, an Obi-Wan movie, a Leia movie, or anything else existing, but Lucasfilm may be exactly right that those aren't not the kind of thing that draws massive audiences.

While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story did substantially better at the box office - it ended up grossing just over $1 billion - it involved extensive re-shoots and director Tony Gilroy to be drafted in to take over from Gareth Edwards on the film's final production.

In its defense, Solo was competing with Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2, both of which were released a few weeks earlier. By focusing on the same 19-year timeframe as Rogue One and Solo and with characters we're more than familiar with, we're missing out on what's beyond the horizon of Tatooine or Boba's seedy criminal underworld.

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On the small screen, we will be getting the Jon Favreau live action and Dave Filoni Star Wars Resistance animated series. There are plenty more of those on the way, with J.J. Abrams' Episode IX, Rian Johnson's very own all-new trilogy, and original stories from Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B. Weiss coming along at some point in the future.

More as we hear it.

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