Earlier today, Collider broke the news that Lucasfilm is putting Star Wars sequels on hold due to the box office disappointment that was Solo: A Star Wars Story. In a little under a month, the Han Solo origin tale has garnered under 200 million domestically. For context purposes, the other “Star Wars Story”, Rogue One, had earned over 400 million by this time in it’s theater run.
The December 2019 premiere of Star Wars: Episode IX is still etched in stone, but the planned Obi-Wan, Boba Fett, Solo sequels, and the Rian Johnson shoot offs are now in peril.
I have been a SW fan since I was a wee lad, and it has been a roller coaster ride of pure adrenaline, with dark valleys of WTF. The original trilogy was life, while the prequels were for the most part death. When George Lucas sold his baby to Disney, I knew it was only a matter of time before the movie making machine would go into overdrive, pumping out a million random films from a galaxy far, far away. For this writer, Rogue One was ok, The Force Awakens was an acceptable homage to the original, and The Last Jedi fell flat. From a personal stand point, I really enjoyed Solo. I found that it rediscovered a lot of what Star Wars should be: a space western.
In recent days, it was announced that there were up to 9 (9?!) Star Wars films in the works. My visions of a saturated Star Wars film universe was coming to pass. While I am not thrilled that Solo didn’t click with viewers because it really did deserve better, I am satisfied that for at least the moment, Lucasfilms and the Mouse are pumping the breaks on a possible origin story for the random bounty hunter (Zam Wesell) that tried to assassinate Padme in Attack of the Clones…
What do you think dear readers? Are you upset that you may have to wait for more flicks or do you think a slow down is in order?
Stay tuned for further details as they become available.