Making a trilogy of movies about one main story with three directors all allowed to develop their own ideas and plotlines sounds rather unwise, surely?
How about greenlighting another huge big budget trilogy with no story outline or characters at all?
No wonder Disney appears to be suddenly pulling back on plans made by Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy, especially following the explosive fan reaction to The Last Jedi.
New comments from long-term Star Wars art director Neil Lamont appear to confirm that work on Johnson’s divisive trilogy about “new galaxies” has been stopped, as well as the imperilled Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off.
Back in December Johnson told Slash Film: “We just had just a really good experience (making The Last Jedi)… It was like last week of senior year. We were cleaning out our lockers. And all getting kind of sad. And saying, how do we keep working together? And that I threw out, I said, the most interesting thing to me would be a new trilogy, one story told over three movies. Go new places, meet new folks, come up with a new story to tell in the Star Wars universe. The sky’s the limit. That sounds thrilling. And they really responded to that. So we’re off, yeah.
And Disney gave it a go ahead with no specific story idea?: “Yeah, that was it. That was the pitch.”
Of course, one month later, everything had changed.
After The Last Jedi was released it unleashed
And then, crucially, Kennedy’s problems with the original Solo: A Star Wars Story came home to roost when the movie hit cinemas.
The original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were sensationally fired
the next twelve months increased the nightmare as rumours spread of spiralling costs and decreasing fat=ith in the project in the industry and, even worse, among fans.
The Last Jedi backlash and boycott certainly also contributed to the final box office haul of $392million is particularly disastrous when put into context.
Rogue One art director Neil Lamont, we at least know that Obi-Wan’s adopted home planet of Tatooine was intended to serve as the setting for an unspecified Star Wars project that, at least for the time being, the studio appears to have put on hold.
Lamont told Cinemablend this week that work on one of the spinoffs (he didn’t specify which) already had begun before Disney hit the pause button, and that Tatooine, along with “other new galaxies,” was meant to be the backdrop.
“We were just starting our work on another Star Wars spinoff and yeah. We were actually just making our mark on Tatooine — which would have been interesting, and some other new galaxies,” he said. “So hopefully, if that comes back, we’ll get the chance to be able to do that further.”