The other day came word that Lucasfilm was re-thinking their plans for future “Star Wars” films, especially the ‘A Star Wars Story’ spin-offs, in the wake of the disappointing box-office of “Solo”.
It was thought the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, which was in development but never officially announced, was put on hold due to that. That thinking changed when another report emerged indicating the previously linked director Stephen Daldry dropped out of the movie around six months ago.
Over the weekend further reports popped up, most of it highly speculative. One at The Playlist suggests the film could be saved to debut on Disney’s planned streaming service which is planned to premiere in Fall 2019. Such a move would certainly boost subscription numbers for the service if true.
Another at Making Star Wars indicates a Mos Eisley Spaceport movie was in development but was cancelled or postponed. This marks the first time many have heard of such a project being considered.
Then there’s British tabloid The Sun which indicates Ewan McGregor will “secretly” shoot scenes for “Star Wars: Episode IX” later this year, reprising the Obi-Wan Kenobi role.
This all comes on top of further reports, such as one at SW News Net which says Lucasfilm wanted to release “Solo” in December but Disney wouldn’t let them, and that Lucasfilm was ‘done’ with experimenting with unusual filmmaking choices.
The next “Star Wars” film is Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX” scheduled to open in December 2019.