Despite rumors to the contrary, Lucasfilm has not paused the A Star Wars Story series, but it is indeed taking a new look at how to produce and market them.
According to sources from inside Lucasfilm speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the company has not abandoned the standalone Star Wars films. “They haven’t slowed down development, but they are licking their wounds,” said a source with knowledge of Lucasfilm’s plans.
All of this came about due to the lackluster box office results of Solo: A Star Wars Story. “It doesn’t mean those spinoffs don’t happen,” said another insider. “It just means they’re trying to figure out how to make, and market, them differently.” Another insider added, “In light of the reaction to Last Jedi and the performance of Solo, they are now just going to look at what’s coming in and seeing how good it is, before dating anything. It’s all pretty understandable.”
This seems like a logical course for the studio. Instead of just racing into production Lucasfilm needs to take a long, hard look at what has and hasn’t worked. The article says there is a question if a Boba Fett solo movie would work now, and it mentions a Solo sequel is probably dead. Perhaps if Lucasfilm wants to continue to focus on older characters, it may need to consider seeing ways to pair them up. Imagine the possibilities of a film of a previous encounter between Boba Fett and Han Solo. That could prove interesting.
For now, don’t expect to hear any new developments for a while