On Wednesday, June 20, things looked pretty bleak for the many Star Wars fans who enjoyed a good “Star Wars Story”; reports indicated that Disney and Lucasfilm had ceased production on future standalone spinoffs.
But, as many have noted (and quoted), the future is “difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.”
And, according to the Hollywood Reporter, production at Lucasfilm is still moving forward but is under much more scrutiny.
“Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and her team are regrouping and figuring out the direction of the movies beyond the final installment of the main series of films, Star Wars: Episode IX, which is scheduled for release Dec. 20, 2019,” wrote Borys Kit on Friday afternoon, June 22.
Kit quoted an unnamed source saying, “They were developing anything and everything… It was a case of them stuffing so much sausage and not try to break the casing.”
The report did include “bad news” in regard to non-serial or Skywalker Saga spinoffs, as Kit explained that a Solo sequel or a “Star Wars underworld” film now seem unlikely. However, the Hollywood Reporter writer added that a “Boba Fett” movie remains in production (but could be reconfigured given that many moviegoers already passed up a film based on Han Solo – a very well known character), with the status of a “Kenobi” film “even less clear.”
However, as ABC’s Clayton Sandell reported on June 21, work on Star Wars spinoffs continue. And MSW’s Jason Ward gave important context, when he reported a rumor, which noted Boba Fett and Obi-Wan remaining on the table, with a Mos Eisley Spaceport story being toast.
Today, HR’s Kit quoted another source saying:
“It doesn’t mean those spinoffs don’t happen… It just means they’re trying to figure out how to make, and market, them differently.”
To quote another Force user, “We shall see…”