Lucasfilm isn't slowing down on making standalone Star Wars movies, for they are reportedly developing spinoffs for multiple characters. Ever since Disney took the reigns of the studio behind the galaxy far, far away, there has been a concentrated effort to expand. The saga films reclaimed Star Wars' top place in pop culture, but they've also looked to expand the universe by making standalone movies. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the first one out of the gate and it cracked $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
This coming weekend sees the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, their second such standalone film, and it looks like they don't plan on slowing down anytime soon. It was just announced that Logan director James Mangold is going to write and direct Boba Fett. However, a spinoff on the iconic bounty hunter is far from the only standalone movie they are developing.
In the same report that broke the Mangold news, THR reports Disney is developing several different standalone movies. Other than Boba Fett, one featuring Obi-Wan has long been rumored. Without knowing the exact characters/stories that future movies could explore, it is abundantly clear that Lucasfilm has no plans to stop making such movies.
Continuing to make standalone movies in the Star Wars universe makes complete sense for Lucasfilm. It allows them to tell smaller, possibly disconnected stories that focus on one particular character or event. Both Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story have a different look and tone than the Skywalker saga movies, so the more they make, hopefully, the more diverse and expansive this universe will become. However, it seems that these standalone movies have caused Lucasfilm the most trouble thus far.
The obvious question is what movies could they possibly be considering. The Obi-Wan movie has been the biggest one that just won't go away, despite no confirmed news that Lucasfilm is going to make it. Ewan McGregor is ready should they ever decide to move on it, but Stephen Daldry isn't yet officially signed on to direct the movie either. In fact, THR says no one is even working on a script for such a movie and that's going to make it difficult for it to possibly film in 2019.
There's been plenty of chatter recently about possibly giving Donald Glover a standalone Lando movie, and the idea has generated plenty of excitement about this hypothetical addition to Star Wars lore. However, there's also previously been rumors of Jabba the Hutt getting a movie or even a younger Yoda starring in his own adventure. Depending on how well Solo: A Star Wars Story does, Lucasfilm could very well move on a sequel starring Alden Ehrenreich. These ideas are all based on existing characters, too, so it would be wise for the studio to consider films around new characters as well.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019