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One Spin-Off Too Far? Or An Open Door?


Ever since Disney took over the Star Wars franchise, fans have anticipated the year-to-year movie release schedule they promised; a numbered movie in the chronology that is then followed by a solo stand alone film. Last year showed us what the creators that be are able to give us with the war epoch of Rogue One. However, unlike other promised films, Rogue One is different from the rest as the only non-character driven prequel stand alone film. Other ideas and promises given for these “in between” films are the Han Solo movie to come out next year, a Boba Fett film, and now a Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. Though there isn't a script yet, the latest addition to this list, the Kenobi film, is to have Billy Elliot agreeing to direct it, as reported by the BBC.


The idea of having a Kenobi movie seems to have pushed some fans and critics a bit too far. With fans and speculations running wild about other possibilities in the “in between” films, other ideas put forth have been a Yoda and Darth Vader set too. Yes, there are unanswered questions about what happened in the years between films, but do those questions either deserve answers, or require film as the best medium to tell them? Also, does Star Wars have a limit as to how much is too much? Some speculation on the Kenobi prospect is that it would most certainly detail the raising of Luke by Owen and Beru Lars while the former Jedi knight struggles to survive as “Ben” Kenobi in Tatooine's forbidding landscape. Does this premise make for a good film, let alone the icons that make up the Star Wars franchise to date?


In the old extended Star Wars universe, now known as “Star Wars Legends”, as well as the current canon, the “untold” stories have been portrayed through novels, comic books, and games. However, what tends to happen is that only a select demographic will ever be able to experience the story growth first hand, while other might miss it entirely even when trying to keep up. It is not debatable that Disney has its own vision of how the Star Wars universe plays out, but which is the right medium to tell that story in? There will be some that will think movies are convenient for the every day fan, while others see them as no more than a cash grab that will “over do it” one day. So, what is your opinion? Do you agree that a Kenobi film, or any other “in between” movie is worthy of being told, or do you want these stories to remain off the big screen? Are these ways for fans to get answers to their questions, or are they illustrations of power and greed by a mega-corporation only? We at CGYEN are most interested in what you, the reader, have to think. Let us know in the comments section, and pass this story along to your friends to increase the depth of our discussion... and remember, may the force be with you... always.


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