Yesterday, Collider came out with a report that stated that the creatives who had been working on the Kenobi movie have since stopped despite being in pre-production. Adding that they believe Lucasfilm is pumping the breaks on all anthologies for the time being to focus on the next Star Wars trilogy after Episode IX.
It should be noted while Stephen Daldry had been linked back in August by THR for the directing gig, Lucasfilm had never officially announced him or the project as happening suggesting he had never signed on officially. Also, a screenwriter was never named.
Neither Kenobi or Boba Fett press releases have graced the Star Wars website where Lucasfilm tends to drop official news.
Collider did an excellent job in their video portion to keep both expectations of their report and what the future could hold in check. Suggesting things very well could change in the coming days and as with most films in development is in flux.They do however suggest the box office of Solo as a contributing factor.
We did hear from a well-established outlet last month digging about an unconfirmed rumor of Daldry’s exit on Kenobi weeks before Solo’s release back on May 11th. As it wasn’t our story to tell we left them to complete their own reporting and seems that Collider beat them to the punch, which happens.
I’m sure Solo might have some readjusting fallout but I’m not entirely convinced if Daldry had moved on weeks before it’s opening that the Ron Howard spinoff had a huge impact. Daldry’s name never exactly seemed inspiring considering and there are plenty of other reasons things might not have worked out as he’s also been planning a feature film version of Wicked which could have pulled him away. The Solo reasoning seems to fit a narrative of the anthologies being a problem as a whole which is slightly desputed by Rogue One earning over a billion at the box office.
A couple of days ago, we revealed that the Boba Fett movie would likely get delayed due to James Mangold‘s commitments to 20th Century Fox’s Ford vs Ferrari set to shoot in California, New Orleans, and Atlanta starting this summer. Alluding to Fett not even going into production until 2020 if Mangold was to direct it.
So, technically, Boba Fett would be “on hold” while Mangold completed his other film.
THR’s report on Mangold’s participation is fresh and Collider does admit they don’t have a real beat on that project, just Kenobi. It’s also possible a new name for Kenobi could come up in the next week or coming months, nothing sounds like a foregone conclusion here but I’m sure will worry fans regardless.
Collider can be reliable but as it stands neither the trades or Lucasfilm have chimed-in on the reporting or the future of the anthologies, as Star Wars news is big news I don’t think we’ll have to wait long to hear something.