Star Wars spin-offs put on hold following Solo box office struggles

Alden Ehrenreich played young Han in Solo: A Star Wars Story (Picture: Lucasfilm)

Future Star Wars spin-offs have reportedly been put on hold following the struggles of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the box office.

Disney and Lucasfilm have decided to put future spin-offs on the backburner to focus attention on Star Wars: Episode IX and the next mainline trilogy, according to Collider.

Sources told the site an Obi-Wan Kenobi origins movie was in active development, but those working on the film are no longer involved.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi was apparently getting a spin-off (Picture: Lucasfilm/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

It was also recently rumoured Logan director James Mangold was in talks to write and direct a spin-off around Boba Fett, with that films future now apparently up in the air.

The recent release of Solo: A Star Wars Story became the franchises first damp squib at the box office, taking $84.4 million (£63m) on opening weekend and $192.8 million (£146m) over a month – noticeably less than Rogue Ones opening of $155 million (£117) and $424 million domestic (£322m) by its fourth week.



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Production on Solo also faced a big shake-up when original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller departed the project, leading to drastic reshoots under new director Ron Howard.

Star Wars spin-offs put on hold following Solo box office struggles

Emilia Clarke also starred in Solo (Picture: Lucasfilm)

While the film was critically warmly received sitting at 71% on Rotten Tomatoes, its box office shortcomings possibly stemmed from its May release date – just five months after Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit cinemas.

There will be more Star Wars films on the horizon however outside Episode XI, with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson creating a new trilogy while Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are also penning a series of films.

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