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Disney Puts “Star Wars” Anthology Films on Hold

Steve Porter / June 22, 2018

It looks like Disney is getting skittish about the future of Star Wars. A new report from Collider claims that Lucasfilm has put their standalone anthology films on hold. That means that the planned movies featuring Boba Fett, Obi-Wan, and Han Solo aren’t going to land in theaters any time soon.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to industry observers after Solo: A Star Wars Story fell short of expectations. We speculated earlier this week that Disney has too many Star Wars movies in development—too many for regular moviegoers. The House of Mouse might have set their sights too high, leading to a shock when their most recent movie failed to meet financial targets.

We’re a little disappointed that we won’t see an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie starring Ewan McGregor or a sequel to Solo—while Han Solo’s first jump to light speed might have stalled at the box office, we enjoyed the film and would have been interested in the next film. At this point, the only scheduled movie for the immediate future is Star Wars: Episode IX in December 2019.

Lucasfilm has also announced two new series, the first written by Rian Johnson (who wrote and directed The Last Jedi) and the second penned by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones). Neither are expected in the near future, however. It appears that Disney has taken a hard look at their plans and decided to wait and see how audiences react to Episode IX.