Our pal Jason over at Making Star Wars is reporting that there are now renewed rumblings that Obi-Wan Kenobi might have a winning ticket in the Star Wars spin-off film lottery.
I’ve heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spin-off movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters. But I’m hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan (fans recently voting for him on the official website etc) that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie.
The only thing we do know for certain is that Josh Trank (Chronicle and the upcoming Fantastic Four) and Gareth Edwards (Monsters and Godzilla) are each directing a spin-off film.
Rumors have swirled about who the spin-off films would focus on. Initially it was rumored that the three planned films would focus on origin stories for Han Solo, Yoda and Boba Fett. Obi-Wan was also mentioned last year, at one point. This could just be that original story popping up again, which tends to happen.
If there is a prequel planned for Obi-Wan I’d be curious about how far they’d go back into his history. I think the prequels wasted the talents of Ewan McGregor and would be ok with seeing him take another crack at it with the aid of a good script and a solid director at the helm. McGregor has stated as recently as last year he’d be up for a spin-off film, telling MTV News: “I think it’s a good idea. The only bit that I could get away with doing is after the last one I made, Episode III, before Alec Guinness, there’s that period where he’s in the desert.” McGregor went on to say that a story focusing on Obi-Wan surviving on Tatooine, prior to meeting Luke in Episode IV could be the way to go. “That might be my window, there, to tell that story. I don’t know what he did in the desert. We could make up some stuff.” He ended by saying, “Could be quite exciting. I’d be up for it, for sure, of course!”
I think with Disney calling the shots it’s a safe bet that all of these characters will eventually end up in some kind of spin-off film at some point, it’s just a matter of when.
How would you feel about Obi-Wan having his own film? Which character would you like to see in their own film?