“Obi-Wan spinoff! Obi-Wan spinoff!”
Those are the cries we’ve heard across the internet ever since it was first announced that we would actually be getting spinoff movies set in the Star Wars universe. Instead, however, what Lucasfilm has offered to date are Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a film that follows the stealing of the Death Star’s plans, and a Han Solo spinoff film. It was recently revealed that we were but a hair’s breath away from getting a Boba Fett spinoff film.
Despite fan enthusiasm, we haven’t really heard any momentum about an Obi-Wan film actually happening. No doubt, there have been rumors that the studio has received dozens of pitches for such a movie, but it’s a bit of a shock that we have yet to actually see anything materialize from it. So what is it? Is Lucasfilm worried about potentially sullying an already-popular character? I feel the need to rule that out since they’re taking on Han Solo, which I think is an infinitely more risky prospect. Perhaps they haven’t just settled on the right story yet? That could be it. There’s a lot of money being left on the table if they don’t go through with this, so we have to think they’re at least throwing ideas around, right?
Well there may be some real rhyme and reason behind such inactivity. Speaking with Rebel Force Radio (via Star Wars News Net), EW reporter Anthony Breznican opened up about some of the scuttlebutt he heard regarding Obi-Wan’s potential return to the canon — and from the sounds of it, it has nothing to do with the main saga!
“Um, I have heard rumors that the one reason they haven’t moved sooner on Obi-Wan is that they’re not done with Obi-Wan quite yet… in the Saga films. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Obi-Wan thing happen beyond Episode IX.”
Makes a lot of sense. If Lucasfilm had major plans for him in the main storyline, it would seem like a waste to use his name anytime soon. Better to capitalize on his name after he’s served his role in the main saga. As with all rumors, be sure to take this with a huge grain of salt.
That being said, what do you think? Is it a good idea for Lucasfilm to hold off on this spinoff until after Episode IX? Let us know your thoughts down below!