Obi-Wan spin-off film may yet live


A new film report from the Belfast Telegraph suggests an Obi-Wan Kenobi film may still be in the works.

Never tell me the odds! Our friends over at Den Of Geek have dug up a film location report from the Belfast Telegraph in which we find a bit of scintillating news regarding everyones favorite Tatooine dwelling Jedi. The Obi-wan stand-alone film may yet live! Per the report:

"As Sunday Life exclusively revealed in February, Star Wars creator George Lucas visited Northern Ireland before Christmas to seal the deal for the new standalone film.The movie will centre on the life of Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi, with Ewan McGregor reprising the role he first played in 1999’s Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace.The new projects will secure hundreds of jobs in the TV and film industry well into 2020."

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This news comes as a far cry to the previously (though circumspect) reported news that Lucasfilm had decided to shift course and move away from stand-alone films. Those initial reports precipitated an avalanche of back and forth over what the correct course would be moving forward for Lucasfilm. Its important to note that while this report from the Belfast Telegraph is recent, developments are still very much in flux. Keep your salt at the ready.

While some – myself included – feel a focus on long form trilogy style epics is the best strategy, the Obi-Wan film was in a unique position of being almost universally mourned when the reports first broke. It might appear that Lucasfilm was listening to those who still had hopes to see the Jedi master taken out of carbonite hibernation.

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And why not? Obi-Wan Kenobi as portrayed by Ewan Mcgregor is largely considered the shining light of the Prequel Trilogy. To the fans who grew up with the PT McGregor –is-  Obi-Wan. I consider myself among those for whom he is one of the last great examples of the Old Jedi Order.

Beyond any initial excitement regarding the report, there is also the fact that the topography of Belfast is deeply different from that of Tunisia (where most of the Tatooine filming has taken place). This particular location implies that at Obi-Wan will spend at least some amount of time off the desert planet.

What do you think about this new report and what the location could imply about an Obi-Wan film? Share your thoughts and feel the force below!