A new report has come in claiming that not only is the long-rumored Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film in pre-production, but slated to begin filming early in 2019! Come inside for all the details on the latest scuttlebutt.
Rumors about an Obi-Wan Kenobi centered Star Wars movie have been swirling since Disney/LFL announced spin-off films would be happening. Heck, we were the first site to report on the fact they were working on art/idea development for the film all the way back in 2014, and the rumors have continued to grow ever since. The most recent being a report from last year that Stephen Daldry was in talks to direct it.
Today's newest rumor comes from the lads over on Fantha Tracks. They have soucre who's managed to lay eyes on some documents around Pinewood Studios that pertain to the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. The claim is that not only is pre-production in full swing with things ramping up, but that contracts are being extended to crew members (who've worked on previous Star Wars flicks) to hop on production in 2019:
The project is sufficiently along that an art department is now in full pre-production mode at Pinewood Studios, England with ancillary work being carried out at Industrial Light & Magic in London. A number of concept artists, prop modellers, and storyboard artists are working as a team across the two locations on the film, with the group growing in numbers every month.
Contracts have also been extended to a number of crew who have worked on various Star Wars films produced at Pinewood under the Disney era, to join the production when their work on Episode IX ends. This will see the Obi-Wan crew grow gradually over the remainder of the year but primarily from October on wards.
Pre-production will continue at Pinewood whilst Episode IX shoots from this summer through the end of the year, at which point production of the Obi-Wan movie has been scheduled to move onto stages in mid January 2019 with the main shoot to begin in April of 2019.
The project is being developed under the corporate name of PLT Productions (UK) Ltd.
That's some pretty detailed information, and considering the timeline given, it would mean that confirmation would have to be coming before too long. That said, there is always the chance that the documents their source saw could have been for one of the other, already announced, Star Wars films (Rian Johnson's trilogy and the series of films from the Game of Thrones people). Strangely, LFL hasn't actually announced what's coming up next after Episode IX in 2019. Considering how far out they've announced movies in the past, there's no telling what we'll actually see first. As long as Kenobi has been discussed, I wouldn't be surprised that it would be next.
As with all rumors, take in the information with a grain of salt. I know the guys at Fantha Tracks and they've done some solid work in the past (for other sites), so I'm willing to believe them when they say they trust the source. We'll just have to wait and see what happens, but hopefully we won't be in suspense much longer.