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Lucasfilm killed a Star Wars spin-off set on everyone's favorite sandy shithole, Tatooine

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Tatooine sucks, canonically. The festering bantha blister of the Star Wars universe, the entire planet is hot, hostile, and full of sand. (And who likes sand?) It literally exists to be the shitty place that heroes and villains work their whole lives to get away from, and yet the Star Wars franchise keeps returning to it (or, barring that, its non-union Force Awakens equivalent, Jakku.)

Now, Cinema Blend reports that we’ve apparently missed yet another chance to spend time with the three-time winner of Crappy Galactic Tourism Magazine’s coveted “Planet where a giant tentacle monster will probably digest you for a thousand years” award, with news coming that Lucasfilm has put the intergalactic kibosh on a film set at least partially on the planet. This comes from production designer Neil Lamont—whose other credits include The Avengers and the Harry Potter films—who told reporter Eric Eisenberg that the studio had just stopped development on a potential spin-off he was working on that would have stopped by Luke Skywalker’s old moping grounds:

We were just starting our work on another Star Wars spin-off and yeah. We were actually just making our mark on Tatooinewhich would have been interesting—and some other new galaxies. So hopefully, if that comes back, we’ll get the chance to be able to do that further.


It’s not actually clear which film Lamont was talking about, or what’s in store for the various Star Wars expansion plans in the wake of the good-but-not-Star-Wars-movie-good response that’s greeted recent spin-offs like Solo and Rogue One. James Mangold’s reportedly working on a Boba Fett movie, while rumors of an Obi-Wan-based film—either of which could conceivably feature scenes set in ol’ Space Tunisia—have been circulating for years.

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