Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm currently have three Star Wars movies with official release dates First on the docket is co-writer/director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the next episodic installment (due to arrive December 2015). Director Gareth Edwards' Anthology (re: spinoff) film Star Wars: Rogue One is set to arrive one year after Force Awakens. Finally, Star Wars: Episode VIII (official subtitle TBD) from writer/director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) will open in theaters around mid-02017.
What comes after that (besides Episode IX, that is)? Well, the same rumors continue to persist about what the next two Anthology movies could be. Namely, that the second Anthology installment (after Rogue One) is going to center around the infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett - while the third Star Wars spinoff project will focus on Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (originally brought to life as an older man by Alec Guinness in 1977).
Schmoes Know reported last night (at the time of writing this) that Han Solo will appear in the Boba Fett movie - now on the lookout for a new director, as former helmsman Josh Trank (the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot) has stepped down. The site's sources are also claiming that "conversations" are currently underway between Disney/Lucasfilm and Ewan McGregor - who played the younger version of Obi-Wan featured in the Star Wars prequel movie trilogy (Episodes I-III) - and that the talks involve an "unknown" project, rather than the aforementioned Boba Fett film.
It's worth noting that this isn't the first time rumors about an Obi-Wan spinoff have popped up online. Rumors that the character would appear as a Force Ghost in Force Awakens (then known as Episode VII) began to circulate back in Summer 2013, along with a report that asserted McGregor was pushing for Obi-Wan to get his own standalone feature. Then, in 2014, a separate (but related) story emerged, claiming that Lucasfilm has been actively developing an Obi-Wan movie for McGregor to headline.
Mind you, neither of those stories (or the latest "update) claimed a Star Wars Anthology film about Obi-Wan Kenobi is a done deal - just that it's an idea that IS, in fact, being explored by Lucasfilm. Obi-Wan is also bit like Boba Fett, in that he's a popular character who played a key role in the first two Star Wars live-action movie trilogies, as well as the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series (which is still part of the Star Wars franchise's official canon) and various other Star Wars media (novels, comic books, video games, etc.). That lends more credibility to the rumor him getting his own spinoff.
Indeed, Obi-Wan - more so than Boba Fett - is a member of the Star Wars universe whose life story has been pretty thoroughly examined and detailed in previously-released Star Wars projects. It's for this reason that many dedicated Star Wars fans have already made it clear that they would rather a different person in a galaxy far, far away get to stand in the spotlight instead - by getting to being the star in a future Anthology film, that is.
Still, an Obi-Warn spinoff does make sense for Lucasfilm in a number of ways, including:
- Ewan McGregor's performance as Obi-Wan Kenobi has long been cited as one of the Star Wars prequel movie trilogy's bright spots - and there are many fans who would like to see him get his own film.
- McGregor is perfect capable of carrying his own movie, plus his involvement would only help to better sell an upcoming Star Wars Anthology film.
- An Obi-Wan Kenobi film could take on various forms - such as, an adventure where Obi-Wan leads a team of warriors on an important mission (see the old rumor about Zack Snyder making a Seven Samurai-inspired Jedi movie). That is, it might offer something new and fresh for both hardcore Star Wars buffs and more casual moviegoers alike.
- Star Wars: Rogue One will be a war story about how the Rebel Alliance stole the first Death Star's plans, while a Boba Fett movie would (presumably) examine the crime underworld of the Star Wars universe - meaning, an Obi-Wan spinoff could stand well apart from the other planned or rumored Anthology films (and help to insure that each one feels unique and explores different genres).
Again, keep in mind that none of this means an Obi-Wan spinoff is, for sure, going to become a real thing. Nonetheless, until further notice, it's definitely an idea that shouldn't be dismissed as being too implausible - and it's an idea that's worthy of further discussion, too.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in U.S. theaters on December 18th, 2015. Star Wars: Rogue One arrives a year later on December 16th, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII (official subtitle TBA) on May 26th, 2017. The second Star Wars Anthology film (Boba Fett movie?) doesn't have an official release date yet.
Source: Schmoes Know
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