Although Lucasfilm is disappointed by the reception received by Solo: A Star Wars Story, the studio may not be pumping the brakes on future standalone films just yet.
Contrary to a report on Wednesday that Lucasfilm and Disney had placed future anthology films on indefinite hold, ABC News contends "multiple" unannounced Star Wars films remain in the works. Those don't include the new trilogy in development by The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson, or the series of movies from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Unidentified Lucasfilm sources told ABC the earlier report is "inaccurate."
That's not to say Solo's performance didn't trigger soul-searching from within Disney, and finger-point from without. It's just that the studio apparently isn't ready to pull the plug one one part of its ambitious expansion of the franchise just yet. Even before the box-office receipts from Solo's opening weekend had been counted, Dave Hollis, Disney’s president of worldwide theatrical distribution, questioned whether three blockbuster releases -- Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2 and Solo -- might've been too much. There was also the matter of only five months separating the premieres of The Last Jedi and Solo.
Standalone films centering on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett have been rumored virtually since Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, but neither has been announced. The first anthology film, 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. Solo has earned $344.3 million since its release on May 25.
In theaters now, director Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett.