In April 2017, we first caught word Lucasfilm was possibly seeking writers for a Kenobi anthology movie. This was later supported by THR’s report in August that Stephen Daldry was being courted to direct.
We later revealed in December that Kenobi aka Joshua Tree was eyeing a January 2019 production start at Pinewood Studios UK and that it would likely be their 2020 release.
Now, our reliable friends over at FanthaTracks are supporting our info with some their own updated production details. Mentioning that they’ll start moving into Pinewood in January and are indeed expecting a 2020 release date.
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.
The scheduled release date is December 2020.
Lucasfilm has yet to announce the project officially. However, it’s expected that Ewan McGregor will reprise the role.
SOURCE: FANTHA TRACKS & OMEGA UNDERGROUND