Obi-Wan Standalone Imminent: From a Certain Point of View

Developments on Obi-Wan anthology film become news

As posted by Corey on August 17 (12:00 PM PT), on Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Borys Kit wrote:

Stephen Daldry is Star Wars’ new hope…The Oscar-nominated director behind Billy Elliot and The Hours is in early talks to direct a Star Wars standalone movie centering on Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Kit also reported that since there is no script, no lead is currently attached. No word yet as to whether Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as the Jedi Master.

“Daldry hails from the theater world and made his feature debut with Billy Elliot, which netted him his first directing Oscar nomination,” added Kit of the director, who has also garnered Emmy notice for The Crown. “He followed that up with searing dramas The Hours and The Reader, which also netted him directing nominations.”

The piece set the interweb ablaze with excitement and speculation.

Very Early Talks

However, about 50 minutes later, Entertainment Weekly‘s Anthony Breznican followed up the previous report.

“On Thursday, the first sign that it may actually be happening arrived: Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter published a story saying that filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in talks to direct the project,” wrote Breznican. “If it happens.

“That’s important: EW’s sources say there’s still an ‘if’ involved, but yes — we can confirm this is a movie that’s being actively explored as a possible stand-alone beyond 2019’s Episode IX.”

Furthermore, Variety’s Justin Kroll posted, “Sources tell Variety that Disney is in early development on a film centered on Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi and is in talks with Billy Elliot’s Stephen Daldry to direct.”

So, what does this all mean?

Well, none of this is surprising–we’ve heard rumors about an Obi-Wan anthology film for some time.

However, the mere fact that three prominent industry publications have gone on record to confirm that Lucasfilm is currently in talks with a director seems to take the prospect of an Obi-Wan-centric film beyond mere rumor.

However, take notice of one more thing–as in, read Germain Lussier at io9.

Lussier (who recently wrote a terrific article asking “Do We Really Ned an Obi-Wan Kenobi Standalone Movie?“) reports saying Obi-Wan might be the next Star Wars standalone may be incorrect.

“We’ve updated with Disney’s ‘no comment,'” added Lussier yesterday afternoon speaking to Disney’s tight-lipped stance. “Plus, though we think Obi-Wan will be the next standalone movie, Variety says it may not be, so we removed that from the headline.”

To wit, Kroll wrote–and many missed on the first read:

There is not yet a script or a writer, sources say, and it’s currently unknown if this will be the next standalone story in the “Star Wars” universe.

Furthermore, Breznican points out: “There’s a good reason for Lucasfilm to wait until after Episode IX to explore Obi-Wan’s backstory and his time in the Tatooine desert before we meet Alec Guinness’ portrayal in the first movie: They’re still figuring out how he connects to the new saga, which started with The Force Awakens.

“If Ben Kenobi’s past is represented in the new saga, the filmmakers will need to sort that out before going back to those earlier years. In Star Wars, the past is always speaking to the future, and vice versa.”

Can’t we just enjoy this?

Okay, here endeth the killjoy thing. And we may all breathe a sigh of relief, and root for Corey’s prediction to come true: “Usually THR announces breaking news like this, and then a few days later LFL has an official announcement.”

From your keyboard to the Maker’s ears, Corey. JB

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