If this rumor sounds vaguely familiar, you’re not alone. About a year and a half ago, a rumor started up that one of the 3 planned spin-offs would focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul (set in the years between the Prequel and Original trilogies). It was an exciting prospect, and despite Ewan McGregor’s willingness to return to the role of Kenobi, it didn’t seem likely to happen.
Now, however, a rumor about a Kenobi spin-off has popped up again! Our friends over at MakingStarWars posted over the weekend, word from their source who says Lucasfilm is developing ideas for a Kenobi movie:
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.
Again, this is rumor, so it must be taken with a grain of salt. However, I’m willing to believe it a little bit more now, since we’ve heard rumblings of this before. Obviously there’s no mention of Darth Maul this time around, and IF this turns out to be true Maul may not have any part in the film (though I’d be sad about that!). Like I said, McGregor has said in a few interviews that he would love to come back to Star Wars, so it’s not totally outside the realm of possibility.
Before you start cheering however, let’s remember that even if the source is 100% accurate, developing ideas for a Kenobi movie isn’t the same as it happening. It may come to pass that the artists/writers don’t come up with any ideas Disney/Lucasfilm like, and thus they pass on the movie entirely. It’s a step in the process, but I’d certainly be excited to see this happen. I think Kenobi’s time in exile is a period rife with possibilities for engaging stories.
What do you guys think of this rumor? Is Disney starting work on a Kenobi spin-off? If so, is it something you want to see? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!