Rumor: Obi-Wan Kenobi movie to debut on Disney’s new streaming service?


From The Playlist:

“[…] To weigh in a bit more and confuse matters, here’s what I’ve heard from a Disney source, at least six months ago, but never reported and I’m going to stress I have no confirmation, so we’ll have to treat as hard rumor. I was told long ago that Stephen Daldry was off the project and not directing the Obi-Wan film. Is that why confirmation was never given, or anything was announced? It’s a good guess, but none of us really know.

I’d also heard, and granted, I found this to be fairly dubious at the time, was that the Obi-Wan film was going to be saved for Disney’s upcoming unnamed subscription-based streaming service; the one they hope to compete against Netflix with.

Now, that’s a great idea. What way to make a gigantic splash with a new streaming service than to announce that a new “Star Wars” film is coming and only subscribers of the service—much like a Netflix-only exclusive—would be able to see the movie. I’m sure Disney has some kind of plans like that in the works, but whether or not that’s the Obi-Wan movie, I’m not sure I’d place that bet. […]”



Lucasfilm denies that future “A Star Wars Story” spinoffs are on hold

starwarsFrom ABC News:

“Hold up, “Star Wars” fans.

Reports of the death of future standalone films from that galaxy far, far away (like “Solo,” “Rogue One” and a rumored — but never-announced — Obi-Wan Kenobi project) appear to be premature, and speculative at best.

Lucasfilm sources on Thursday characterized as “inaccurate” a report that future “Star Wars” movies falling outside of the regular trilogy storyline (Episodes I to IX) have been put on hold in the wake of the box office under-performance of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Instead, Lucasfilm told ABC News there are still “multiple” Star Wars films currently in development that have not been officially announced. Those projects are moving forward separate from an already-announced “Star Wars” trilogy being overseen by “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson and another series of movies from “Game of Thrones” producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. […]

ABC News and Lucasfilm are both part of parent company Disney.”

Rumor: Future ‘A Star Wars Story’ spinoffs on hold at Lucasfilm, including the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie


From Collider:

“It may be a while before we see any more movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story out of Lucasfilm. Sources with knowledge of the situation tell Collider that Lucasfilm has decided to put plans for more A Star Wars Story spinoff movies on hold, instead opting to focus their attention on Star Wars: Episode IX and what the next trilogy of Star Wars films will be after that film. Sources tell us that the previously rumored Obi-Wan movie was in active development, but those who were working on the film are no longer involved. It was recently reported that Logan filmmaker James Mangold was in early talks to write and direct the Boba Fett film, but that was before Solo’s release.

This news comes in the wake of the disappointing launch of Solo, which was only Lucasfilm’s second A Star Wars Story spinoff, but which received mixed-positive reviews and fell short of box office expectations. The film scored $84.4 million on opening weekend and has grossed $192.8 million domestically (and $339.5 million worldwide) in four weeks, which is nothing to scoff at but is far, far lower than the performance of other Star Wars movies at this benchmark. For comparison’s sake, Rogue One opened to $155 million and had grossed $424 million domestic by Week 4. To put it simply, while Solo did fine by blockbuster standards, it wasn’t the “event” that Lucasfilm expected out of a brand new Star Wars movie. […]”


The Hollywood Reporter is afraid that the Boba Fett movie might acknowledge Attack of the Clones


From The Hollywood Reporter:

“The news that James Mangold will co-write and direct a movie based on Star Wars’ cult bounty hunter Boba Fett is something that will likely thrill a significant portion of the franchise’s fanbase, especially given Mangold’s genre pedigree on projects like 3:10 to YumaThe Wolverine and, most especially, Logan. There is just one thing he should bear in mind when working on the story: Pretend the prequels never happened.

Prior to George Lucas returning to Star Wars with 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, Boba Fett was a cult character amongst the franchise fandom despite having very little presence in the movies at all.  […]

It was against this backdrop of potentially unearned goodwill towards the character that it emerged that 2002’s Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones would deal with his backstory, and include an appearance by his father, Jango Fett. Finally, it seemed, audiences would get a movie appearance that treated Boba with the respect he deserved! Except, of course, the reality was nowhere near that. […]

Jango Fett wore Boba Fett’s outfit, except it was different colors. He was a bounty hunter, and he piloted exactly the same spaceship as Boba. It turned out that everything that audiences had loved about the character were, according to the newly created mythology, literally inherited from his father. As if to double down on the idea that nothing about Boba Fett was in any way original, Attack of the Clones also established that Jango Fett wasn’t his father in the traditional sense; Boba was actually a child clone of Jango. Every single thing about the character, according to official Star Wars canon, could be traced back to his father. […]

Mangold cannot, sadly, undo the Jango Fett of it all in his upcoming movie; it’s part of Star Wars canon, which is an immovable beast. He could, however, ignore it entirely and instead concentrate on giving Boba a sense of personality of his own, concentrating on what has always worked about the character — the look, yes, but also his bounty hunter career and the notion of him as the most fearsome bounty hunter in the entire galaxy and what that would mean in the Star Wars galaxy in particular — so that, for the first time ever, Boba Fett actually manages to live up to the hype.”


A Boba Fett movie is reportedly in the works with James Mangold


From The Hollywood Reporter:

“James Mangold is writing and will direct a Star Wars standalone movie centered on Boba Fett, the feared bounty hunter and fan favorite character, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. […]

Lucasfilm is developing movies on a slew of characters including Obi-Wan Kenobi, which has Stephen Daldry in negotiations to direct although no writers working on a script.

It was rumored that Simon Kinberg, the writer-producer behind the X-Men franchise and films such as The Martian, was working on a Boba Fett movie. While Lucasfilm and Disney won’t make any official confirmation, sources say that Mangold will co-write the script with Kinberg, who will also produce the Boba Fett project. Kinberg and Mangold are close, having worked on Logan, the X-Men spinoff that earned high praise last year. […]

Details for the Boba Fett storyline are being kept deep in the Sarlacc Pit.

Mangold last year brought prestige to the super hero genre with Logan, which he co-wrote and directed; the movie was produced by Kinberg. The X-Men standalone featuring Wolverine earned him plaudits as well as an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay.

The writer-director, who also counts Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, Tom Cruise action movie Knight and Day, and Western 3:10 to Yuma among his credits, is prepping to step behind the camera this summer for a Ford vs Ferrari drama for Fox.”

Lucasfilm denies that a Lando Calrissian movie is in the works (UPDATE)



From Première (translation by Naboo News):

After the publication of our article, Lucasfilm informs us that there is a translation error in our interview with Kathleen Kennedy. The following text has therefore been corrected. 

Solo: A Star Wars Story stormed the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, with the screening of the movie in grand style, followed by monumental fireworks. The entire crew of the Star Wars spin-off dedicated to Han Solo was present on La Croisette, including the almighty Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, with whom we had the opportunity to talk. Even though the rumor on another spin-off dedicated to Obi-wan is in the air, the producer mentioned other characters: “We’d love to tell a story dedicated to Lando Calrissian someday, but that’s not on the table. It would also be fun to tell the story of Han and Chewie…”

Here is the original “uncorrected” quote:

“We think the next spin-off will be dedicated to Lando Calrissian. Of course, there are much more stories on Han and Chewbacca to tell, but Lando will be next.”

Rumor: Obi-Wan Kenobi movie in pre-production, filming scheduled for Spring 2019?


From Fantha Tracks:

“In a Fantha Tracks exclusive we can reveal that studio based pre-production has officially begun on an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars movie, and that filming will take place in 2019 for a 2020 release.

The long rumoured movie has never been officially announced, but a director (long rumoured to be Stephen Daldry) and a writing team, are understood to have been working on the movie since late last year.

However, our well placed source has seen sight of documents that confirm the following:

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.”