Stand-Alone Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars’ Film In Early Development
It appears that the next installment of the stand alone Star Wars films will be focused on everyone’s favorite Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
According to Variety, Disney is in the early developmental stages of turning an Obi-Wan Kenobi centered movie into a reality and courting acclaimed director Stephen Daldry to head the project.
Obi-Wan, the Jedi master who trained Anakin Skywalker, who would later become Darth Vader, and his son, Luke Skywalker, was portrayed by Ewan McGregor in Episodes 1-3 and by Alec Guinness in Episodes 4-6.
It is unclear if the Obi-Wan story will be the next stand alone story to be released – Disney is currently finishing up an untitled Han Solo stand alone film, set to be released in 2018. It has been reported that the entertainment giant is also developing films about Jabba the Hutt and Boba Fett.
The first stand alone story, Rogue One, was released in 2016 to much critical acclaim.
In April, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told Yahoo Movies that while many ideas have been discussed, the next stand alone story hasn’t been decided on yet.
“There are lots of rumors, but to be perfectly honest, we’re in the midst of talking about all of that right now,” Kennedy said. “We haven’t made a ton of decisions yet. We’ve had many, many ideas – we have a very strong story group inside Lucasfilm that we sit and meet with on a regular basis, we have have a handful of filmmakers that we’ve been talking to about possibly bringing in. But we just started… I’d say in the next six to eight months, we’ll have some concentrated meetings on what we’re going to move forward with.”
Daldry made his motion picture debut with 2000’s Billy Elliot. He has since directed several other successful films including The Hours, The Reader, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.