The underperformance of Solo: A Star Wars Story along with the divisive reaction to The Last Jedi has left Lucasfilm and the Star Wars brand with a bit of a shake-up. At first, we heard they had canned all anthology movies, then Disney denied this. Then we heard some rumor that the only film canceled was a Mos Eisley anthology movie due to the cancellation of a sound stage at Pinewood.
Now we have more rumor logs to throw on the fire. This time a report from The Playlist claims that an insider has told them that Stephen Daldry who was supposedly attached to direct an Obi-Wan spin-off movie, actually left the project six months ago. Not only that, but the outlet claims they have also heard that the Obi-Wan movie is still moving ahead with a view to it appearing on Disney’s own fledgling streaming service when it launches.
We have known Disney plans to bring out its own streaming service to rival Netflix for some time. We already have confirmation of John Favreau’s Star Wars TV series for the service, but having a Star Wars movie skip theaters and head straight to the streaming service would be unexpected, to say the least. Whether this decision has anything to do with the shake-up at Lucasfilm is unknown, hell, we don’t even know for sure if this rumor has any legitimacy at all at this point.
On one hand, it would be a great early selling point for Disney’s new streaming service to be able to say, ‘Here’s a Star Wars TV series, oh and also, here is a brand new exclusive Star Wars film for our subscribers’. On the other hand, the rumored Obi-Wan movie is perhaps the one anthology film that fans have been clamoring for, firstly due to the appeal of the character and secondly due to the promise of Ewan McGregor returning to the role.
Assuming the rumor has some legs, what would be your reaction to finding out the Obi Wan movie will not show in theaters? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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SOURCE: The Playlist