After the box office flop that was Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney essentially shelved all future spin-off films, instead choosing to focus on the main Skywalker saga and Star Wars: Episode IX. However, the addition of Disney+ seems to have shaken things up, as it’s being rumored that the Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off film could find life as a streaming series on the service with as many as six episodes.
While still just a rumor, the script is said to be great, with Disney high on developing the property. If The Mandalorian and Cassian have success on the platform we could see quite the influx of mini-series in our future.
Thanks to the terrible showing at the box office that Solo: A Star Wars Story has had, Collider is reporting that the other spin-off films in the Star Wars universe have been put on hold at Lucasfilm. This includes previously announced films for Obi Wan Kenobi from director Stephen Daldry, as well as the Boba Fett film from James Mangold.
The Saga films, including Star Wars: Episode IX, and the new trilogy from director Rian Johnson will continue to move forward.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Lucasfilm has taken the first steps to finalize a deal with director Stephen Daldry (The Reader, The Hours, Billy Elliot) to helm an upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie centered on the fan-favorite Obi-Wan Kenobi. As the project is still in its early stages, there is no script as of yet, but if he signs, Daldry will be developing the script alongside Lucasfilm.
There’s also no news on whether longtime Obi-Wan actor, Ewan McGregor, who has expressed numerous times his interest in returning, will be back for the role.