With Star Wars: Episode VII currently in production, speculation surrounding the proposed standalone films is heating up faster than Princess Leia in a gold bikini.
The latest name to be linked with the spin-off treatment is Obi Wan Kenobi, who was played by Alec Guinness in George Lucas’ original trilogy, and Ewan McGregor in the much maligned prequels.
Obi-Wan Kenobi – I’ve heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spin-off movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters. But I’m hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan (fans recently voting for him on the official website etc) that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie.
As McGregor said himself, in an interview with MTV, the Obi Wan spin-off film could take place between Episodes III and IV, meaning there would be no need for a tiresome origin storyline. Even Marvel Studios is moving away from straight-up origin story movies.
Disney and Lucasfilm are still keeping quiet about the standalone subject matter, although they MUST also be thinking of developing a Darth Vader spin-off somewhere down the line, two of Hollywood’s most promising blockbuster apprentices have already been tasked with helming the first two.
Indeed, if this latest report is genuine, then either Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Josh Trank (The Fantastic Four) will be directing an Obi Wan movie, which for any Star Wars fan-turned-filmmaker must be a fairly tantalizing prospect.
Stay tuned for more Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off news.