Star Wars: Unannounced films remain unannounced and Lucasfilm also make no other announcements
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The internet is awash with news today that the Star Wars spin-off stories have been 'put on hold'. However, this news remains unofficial - as does ALL of the previous information on the unannounced films. Everything other than the information released by Disney and Lucasfilm has been unsourced rumour at best from the start.
While many sites, including us, have reported on rumours that various Star Wars films are in development Lucasfilm and Disney have ALWAYS held off making any announcements - yet, there are films that ARE in active development that we know nothing about and have been announced; specifically the Rian Johnson trilogy and one or more D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. Neither of these projects have been reported to have been stopped.
The only films that are now being alleged to be on hold are the unannounced Obi-wan film and the unannounced Boba Fett film. We KNOW that Josh Trank's Boba Fett film was already cancelled ahead of its reveal and the more recent take on the character was rumoured to be in development by Logan director James Mangold.
Yet, LucasFilm have kept quiet on both of these rumours ever since they first surfaced. The facts are no films other than those announced were ever officially in development and right now nothing has actually changed. From 2015 we've known that the spin-off stories would be an experiment for Lucasfilm and further films would depend on the reception of those that are released. All of the spin-offs have had difficulties in coming to the screen - especially Solo, which despite a decent critical reception and good buzz from the fans that watched it, has done disappointing numbers at the box office. These numbers are more of a sting due to the fact that the film is the most expensive Star Wars movie to date thanks to the whole issue that it had to mostly be filmed twice under two different directorial leads.
Of course, all of the shitposting and willing the film to fail in certain quarters - including many respectable websites - has probably hurt the film's box office and it remains to be seen whether it'll actually do far better on home release (our guess is that it'll sell well on DVD and Blu-ray; including to those vocal fanboys who have trashed the reputation of fans of the franchise in the last couple of years).
It's hardly a surprise that, if these films did actually start production in any way, that they've now been put on the back burner to refocus. They never existed officially in any way - and it's convenient to be able to report on a pause if these films were nothing more than a figment of the imagine of certain online writers. A little time to reflect on what has worked and what hasn't will only benefit the franchise and, even so, we still have at least five films coming in the foreseeable future.
There's one thing that Disney and Lucasfilm have done with the franchise since 2015 and that is to make sure that any loose ends are tied up. There are certain aspects of Solo that leave threads dangling and we're certain that one way or another these threads will continue; quite how that happens is something we're actually looking forward to finding out.
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Last updated: 21/06/2018 08:50:46