Lucasfilm And Disney Are Hoping Star Wars: Episode IX Will Course Correct The Franchise

Star Wars is supposed to be a Box Office powerhouse, however the franchise saw its first live action dud with Solo: A Star Wars Story being the less grossing film in series history.

Now it looks like Disney and Lucasfilm are back on the drawing board hoping fans will return to watch Star Wars: Episode IX next year.

As reported exclusively by Variety, Star Wars: Episode IX is seen as a "course correction at Lucasfilm" as the studio wants to avoid the backlash from both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and this year's release of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Even though Star Wars: The Last Jedi still made over $1.3 billion at the Box Office, fan backlash was widespread as movie goers didn't seem to like the movie as much as the critics did.

The Force Awakens made over $2 billion when it came out in cinemas so there was a drop of over $700 million in Box Office revenue.

Solo: A Star Wars Story did even worse than The Last failing to gross $400 million worldwide at the Box Office.

This was unexpected because Disney and Lucasfilm initially thought any movie will do well with the 'Star Wars' name branded. It worked before with Rogue One which made over $1 billion two years ago.

Star Wars: Episode IX is being billed to be the last ever movie about the Skywalker saga. Future films will focus on different characters and even different galaxies.

With director JJ Abrams back, there are hopes within Disney and Lucasfilm that Episode IX could match the success of The Force Awakens back in 2015.

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