You can file this one under “It’s about damn time.” Ever since it was revealed that Disney would be creating spinoffs films set in the Star Wars universe, it’s been speculated that an Obi-Wan movie would be coming down the line. For years, there’s been buzz about Lucasfilm accepting pitch after pitch after pitch of Obi-Wan ideas, but there’s been nothing truly concrete.
Now, THR is reporting that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry — the man behind Billy Elliot and The Hours — is in early talks to direct an Obi-Wan Kenobi film. The plan is that if they’re able to strike a deal, that Daldry would oversee the development and writing of the project with Lucasfilm, so chances are they’ll be hiring a screenwriter once this deal goes through.
I am of two minds about this. For starters, I’m a bit annoyed that Lucasfilm continues to milk their existing characters and established timelines rather than reaching outside the box. That being said, an Obi-Wan movie is one that could go off in so many different directions that it’s fun to explore. What I’m really happy about, however, is how involved the director is in the development process.
While I could be wrong, from what I’ve been able to gather, Han Solo former directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were not a part of the development process with the script. As such, their visions ultimately clashed with the material. By having a director on board from the get-go, it reduces the probability of visions clashing down the line, as the director has been there from day one.
As of right now, this is far from a sure thing. According to Variety, they’re still early in the process, and we don’t know if this will be the next standalone after the Han Solo movie, but it’s the closest thing we’ve had for a while to a confirmation of another Star Wars spinoff film since the Boba Fett one from Josh Trank was canned.
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