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Disney Puts All Star Wars Story Spinoffs On Hold

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the sky was falling on Disney's Star Wars franchise.

In the wake of Solo: A Star Wars Story's indisputably bad performance at the box office, Disney has put all future "Star Wars Story" spinoffs on hold indefinitely, according to a report by Collider.

In particular, those spinoffs include the previously-announced Boba Fett solo movie from Logan director James Mangold and the all-but-confirmed Obi-Wan movie. Suffice to say, it would seem that all potential Solo sequels are now off the table as well.

The two movies that have been released under the "Star Wars Story" banner thus far are Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and Ron Howard's Solo. Both movies were plagued by major development issues, requiring massive and expensive reshoots and high-profile personnel changes to get the films across the finish line. 

According to the Collider report, Disney and Lucasfilm are regrouping to focus more on sticking the landing with their mainline series' Episode IX, and also developing a new Star Wars trilogy with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.

The companies are also still pursuing a series of films from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, as well as multiple live-action television shows, including one post-Return of the Jedi-set series from Iron Man director Jon Favreau. 

The failure of Solo to launch a bold new future for the Star Wars series has left the storied franchise in a curious and unprecedented position of weakness. Could it be that the answer to Disney's woes is to stop making Star Wars prequels, and never do it again? Only time will tell.