We can add The Hollywood Reporter to the list of media outlets that have received info from their sources pertaining to the news of Lucasfilm placing the development of future Star Wars standalone films on hold. Earlier we saw quotes from sources at ABC News on the subject and now THR has posted what they have heard via their insiders.
According to their sources, Lucasfilm is “licking their wounds” as they look to determine the best avenue for proceeding ahead with the standalone films. They say the rumored Boba Fett standalone is still on the board with Simon Kinberg and James Mangold sharing the writing duties (Mangold is expected to direct the film). They also say the overall story of the Fett film could be re-evaluated after the less-than-expected box office performance of Solo when considering how much weight this character could carry on its own in a featured role. And as for the Kenobi project (with Ewan McGregor presumably returning), things continue to be very much in flux as rumored director Stephen Daldry has not been officially attached to the production as of yet.
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“They haven’t slowed down development,” says a source with knowledge of Lucasfilm’s thinking, “but they are licking their wounds.”
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and her team are regrouping and figuring out the direction of the movies beyond the final installment of the main series of films, Star Wars: Episode IX, which is scheduled for release Dec. 20, 2019.
“It doesn’t mean those spinoffs don’t happen,” says another insider of Solo’s underperformance globally. “It just means they’re trying to figure out how to make, and market, them differently.”