According to a post made recently by Fantha Tracks, the long-rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi film may now be in pre-production. What’s more is that filming may start as early as Spring 2019, with an eventual release in theaters sometime in 2020. Stephen Daldry is said to be filling in as director.
Fantha Tracks’ post reads in its entirety as:
The project is sufficiently along that an art department is now in full pre-production mode at Pinewood Studios, England with ancillary work being carried out at Industrial Light & Magic in London. A number of concept artists, prop modellers, and storyboard artists are working as a team across the two locations on the film, with the group growing in numbers every month.
Contracts have also been extended to a number of crew who have worked on various Star Wars films produced at Pinewood under the Disney era, to join the production when their work on Episode IX ends. This will see the Obi-Wan crew grow gradually over the remainder of the year but primarily from October on wards.
Pre-production will continue at Pinewood whilst Episode IX shoots from this summer through the end of the year, at which point production of the Obi-Wan movie has been scheduled to move onto stages in mid January 2019 with the main shoot to begin in April of 2019.
The project is being developed under the corporate name of PLT Productions (UK) Ltd.
The scheduled release date is December 2020.
This is quite the tantalizing piece of news for Star Wars enthusiasts considering that Episode IX is the only confirmed film on the horizon. With Solo set to release in theaters in just a couple of weeks, it stands to reason that an Obi-Wan solo film releasing after Episode IX makes sense. The Skywalker saga will finally wrap up the sequel trilogy in December 2019. An Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is a perfect bridge to the planned Rian Johnson trilogy of films, and the films spearheaded by Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
The Obi-Wan film has often be teased, but never actually confirmed. That much is true in this case, but recent signs hint the possibility that this can turn from rumor to fact. Liam Neeson himself has expressed interest in reprising his role as Qui-Gon Jinn should an Obi-Wan film come to fruition. Obviously, Lucasfilm has not been in touch with the actor, but Neeson has returned to the saga to provide his voice for Qui-Gon in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The return of Obi-Wan’s beloved master would be a very welcome addition. It’s encouraged, too. Following the events of Revenge of the Sith, Yoda would teach Obi-Wan how to commune with Qui-Gon, whose spirit dwelled in the Cosmic Force. I also highly encourage you to read a chapter called “Master and Apprentice” from A Certain Point of View, in which Obi-Wan, on Tatooine, remarks with his deceased master over concerns for Luke’s safety at the Lars’ homestead.
Another tease is that I’m serious about staying fit. I’ve done P90X. What on earth does that have to do with Star Wars? Well, did you know that Ewan McGregor has recently gone through with that fitness program? I did it because I wanted to look better. Why is Ewan doing it? The guy already looks good. Is it for fun? Or could it just be that he’s getting his body prepared for a new movie? Is it mere coincidence that Ewan has been sporting his iconic Obi-Wan beard throughout this program? I think not! Look how easily I segued into this paragraph. Ewan McGregor, like Sir Alec Guiness before him, is synonymous with the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. We want Ewan back!
The plot of the movie is anyone’s guess. Who’s to say that the film could even take place during the time when Obi-Wan was in exile on Tatooine? That would be ideal. Obi-Wan did keep a watchful eye on Luke as he grew up. In the Marvel Comics we learn that the Wookiee bounty hunter, Black Krrsantan was hired by Jabba the Hutt to attack the Lars’ homestead. Obi-Wan saves Owen Lars, and Luke by association. However, Owen wants Obi-Wan to stay far away from Luke. There’s a lot of fun you can have on Tatooine. Jabba the Hutt and his crime syndicate could make for a fun antagonist. And yet, you can’t have a Star Wars movie without some planet hopping and light speed sequences. Perhaps something could require Obi-Wan to go off planet temporarily? Maybe diverse planets can fall on flashbacks to when Obi-Wan was a Padawan? I’m very curious what the writers can come up with.
What do you think about an Obi-Wan Kenobi anthology film? What would you want to see? For more on Star Wars, and an eventual review for Solo: A Star Wars Story, be sure to keep your eyes on Mammoth Gamers.