The film news and reviews site Collider posted an exclusive report on Wednesday concerning the fate of future Star Wars films—and in particular, a long-rumored, not-yet-announced film focused on the classic character Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Citing “sources with knowledge of the situation,” Collider confirmed that all pre-production for Lucasfilm’s unnamed Obi-Wan “Star Wars Story” film is now “on hold.” Every contributor attached to that film’s pre-production process is “no longer involved,” the site adds, and any other Star Wars Story film projects are currently “on hiatus.” That includes a rumored Boba Fett film, which Collider reports was not as far along in a pre-production process as the Obi-Wan film was.
Other major film-gossip outlets—including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Deadline—have not published similar news as of press time.
The new information comes in the wake of lower-than-anticipated box office performance for Solo: A Star Wars Story, which has been outperformed both in first-week and four-week domestic ticket sales by its Story predecessor, Rogue One. Collider was unable to confirm whether the hiatus was a direct result of Solo‘s ticket sales in comparison to other recent Star Wars films. Instead, the site resurfaced reports about development woes related to Solo, Rogue One, and other films.
Collider’s report and attached video commentary noted that “the next [Rian Johnson] trilogy is the priority after Episode IX,” but it offered a number of cautious statements about the fluidity of projects in Hollywood. “In three days, someone could come into Lucasfilm, pitch an amazing version of a Darth Maul movie, and Lucasfilm could say, ‘we have to make this,'” Collider Editor-in-Chief Steve Weintraub said. “But I’m very confident in what I’m saying about the spinoff movies at this moment.”
Collider didn’t mention the fate of other officially announced projects, particularly another announced trilogy from HBO’s Game of Thrones showrunners.
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