SALT LAKE CITY — You can now watch “Solo: A Star Wars Story” on Netflix.
What's going on: The origin story to Han Solo, which sees him flee the evil Empire and begin his smuggling career, will drop on Netflix Jan. 9.
- The film will be the final “Star Wars” film to arrive on Netflix ahead of Disney Plus launching next year.
- As What’s On Netflix reports, “the contract between Netflix and Disney came to an end on the 31st of December 2018. Prior to that date, any cinematic releases Disney had would arrive on Netflix for a limited period. With that contract now over any titles debuting in cinemas in 2019 and beyond will not be coming to Netflix.”
Problem: “Solo” might be a highly watched show on Netflix because, well, it wasn’t that big of a hit in theaters (at least relative to other “Star Wars” films).4 comments on this story
- “Solo” closed its initial box office run with a loss of somewhere between $50 and $80 million. That number is highly dependent on how much the film will receive in “ancillary revenues,” which can include DVD and Blu-ray sales, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
- The film, which cost $250 million to make and had a multimillion-dollar marketing plan, had several early struggles with its directors, who Disney had to buy out in order to hire Ron Howard as a new director, according to my report.
- The film’s lack of earnings, as well as potential “Star Wars” fatigue, led Lucasfilm to halt all spinoff projects for the time being, according to The Guardian.