STAR WARS 'Anthology' Films Put on Hold

Collider is reporting today that future Star Wars Anthology movies are on hold until further notice, as the company rethinks its approach to those films ending in "A Star Wars Story". It was also recently announced that Logan director James Mangold had been tapped to helm a Boba Fett movie, but there's no word on that project's status. The debates continue to rage over what led Solo to tank with audiences, but if this report proves true, Lucasfilm is deciding to cut its losses for now and refocus on moving the Star Wars universe forward with flagship stories - instead of continuing to look back. Solo grossed only $85 million in its opening domestic box office weekend, going on to earn a domestic total of $192.8m so far, four weeks into its release. For comparison's sake, Rogue One opened to $155 million and had grossed $424 million domestic by Week 4.

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Regardless, we're hearing that plans to revisit this A Star Wars Story format have been put on hold for the moment. Josh Trank (Chronicle) was developing a Boba Fett movie around the same time Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) was prepping Rogue One, but Trank was subsequently removed from the project and Lucasfilm lost a film off its planned slate. And then of course Solo saw directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller fired during production, with Ron Howard coming in to replace them and reshoot a number of scenes. The confirmed Obi-Wan Kenobi film is reportedly the chief victim of Lucasfilm's decision. The film's May release was always regarded as a little risky just five months after The Last Jedi, with every Star Wars film previously occupying the prestigious Christmas "event movie" slot - and there was much talk of why it was necessary to tamper with a beloved character who was already so well-established.

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