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

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Solo told the origin story of franchise favourite smuggler Han Solo, with Alden Ehrenreich stepping into the role made famous by Harrison Ford, who's older version of the character was killed off in The Force Awakens.

According to Collider, in the wake of Solo: A Star Wars Story underperforming at the box office, Lucasfilm has supposedly chose to focus on Episode IX and the next trilogy that will follow, and subsequently have put the Star Wars spinoffs on hold. This comes on the heels of the disappointing box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was released in May in the middle of a crowded summer movie season, rather than in December. Many also argue that it didn't do quite as well thanks to being up against Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. Lucasfilm's only other "Anthology" film so far, Rogue One, opened to $155m domestic, and went on to gross $535m in its domestic run.

"Star Wars: Episode IX" is now slated to hit theaters December 20, 2019. Initially announced as "anthology" movies, the spinoffs got off to a rocky start and haven't exactly been smooth sailing. Then story issues led to extensive reshoots on Rogue One that reworked the third act, with Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy) overseeing the new scenes.

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We don't know how much work was put into the proposed movies before Lucasfilm reportedly put them on hold, but the projects already limited how expansive the Star Wars galaxy could be. Solo famously lost directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were fired mid-production and replaced with Ron Howard.

According to Collider, part of the Lucasfilm plan to shelve the Star Wars Story series was to focus on developing plans for the Skywalker saga after Episode IX, specifically "the next trilogy".

We'll tell you more as it emerges.

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