While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has benefited from bringing in breakthrough filmmakers like Taika Waititi and Ryan Coogler, the same doesn’t seem to be the case for Star Wars.
The sci-fi franchise suffered its first major box office disappointment with Solo: A Star Wars Story which saw the original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller fired and replaced with Ron Howard.
The film’s production came in massively over budget at $275 million and though it has made $343 million so far, it’s likely to suffer a loss once the marketing budgets have been factored in.
That’s why it’s now being reported that Disney will no longer hire unproven directors for their future films in the franchise.
Star Wars News Net claim to a have a source with knowledge of the situation and summarised the tight leash they now have Lucasfilm on when it comes to picking helmsmen of their movies.
“Disney is done experimenting with new or unusual filmmakers and will go back to proven veteran talent who they know can handle a big budget Star Wars production in an effort to prevent future production chaos, drama, and firings,” the site clams.
This news comes after the report that all solo Star Wars movies are being put on hold for the foreseeable future, with Lucasfilm now focusing entirely on Episode IX and the subsequent trilogy from Rian Johnson.
This means that James Mangold’s Boba Fett movie and the Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film are being put on the backburner.
The next Star Wars film in cinemas will be Episode IX, which is being directed by The Force Awakens’ JJ Abrams.
Star Wars: Episode IX is out in December, 2019