Star Wars fans across the globe are suddenly very excited about a report in a local Belfast newspaper.
As the fan backlash and boycott drama continues to rumble on there had been fears that the planned spin-off Anthology movies had been put on hold or even dropped.
Solo: A Star Wars Story has been a tremendous flop for the once-infallible franchise, with Last Jedi fan unhappiness a contributing factor. Not only that, but there were serious concerns that existing fans and general cinema-goers were not interested in seeing back stories of established characters.
Does anyone still want Obi-Wan?
The Belfast Gazette reported the booming array of international film and TV projects filming in the city.
It said: “The news is another huge boost to our growing TV and film industry, with Superman prequel series Krypton also being filmed locally and the latest spin-off in the Star Wars franchise coming here in April 2019.
“Star Wars creator George Lucas visited Northern Ireland before Christmas to seal the deal for the new standalone film.”
But fans need to rein in their joy, there are still some major potential problems with the story.
The report added: “The movie will centre on the life of Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi, with Ewan McGregor reprising the role he first played in 1999’s Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace.”
Firstly, Lucas may have sealed a deal before Christmas, but that was before The Last Jedi backlash and Solo shock. Plans can change.
Secondly, McGregor has still not been confirmed in the role, with other reports suggesting he has subsequently accepted other roles while the project was in doubt.
Fans may also be less impressed at the considerable reports coming from Hollywood which assert that all the future Anthology and Star Wars Story movies will be released onto the upcoming Disney streaming channel, rather than in cinemas.
Is this a sign of diminished confidence in the box office potential of the Obi-Wan and rumoured Boba Fett projects? Will their budegts acordingl beslshed?
Solo is projected to make a dramatically large and unprecented loss for Disney and Lucasfilm. Even if the Obi-Wan movie goes ahead, will it be on the scale Star wars fans have come to expect?