Could These New Star Wars Stories Inspire Standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi Movies?

In recent weeks, Star Wars rumors have been spread around the internet about the possibility of us at some point in the future seeing a trilogy of movies centered specifically around the adventures of the great Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi. There hasn't been any official announcement about this plan, and for now it remains just an option, but if the franchise should decide to go in that direction, the current run of Marvel Comics are providing filmmakers what could be source material from which they can work.

The Star Wars line of Marvel Comics has been slowly-but-surely been filling the time gap in the series between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, but Yahoo! is reporting that an upcoming issue will tell the story of the years that Obi-Wan Kenobi spent on Tatooine following the "death" of Anakin Skywalker and the "birth" of Darth Vader. The story will be told within the context of a flashback, and will be a part of the longer arc that is playing out with Luke in the comics. Depending on how detailed it gets, it could wind up creating a blueprint for how multiple movies about Obi-Wan could play out.

Thus far in the in-canon Marvel run, Luke has found his way back to Tatooine, and made his way to Obi-Wan Kenobi's old hut. This winds up being a rather perilous journey, as it puts him face to face with the deadly bounty hunter Boba Fett,but he winds up finding Obi-Wan's old journals, revealing, "the secret history of Ben Kenobi." In addition to featuring some sample panels from the issue, Yahoo! has also published a blurb detailing the plot of the story:

Now, experience Kenobi’s harrowing accounts of days long gone by! It is a time when injustice reigned on Tattooine. As villainous scum runs rampant over the blistering sands, only a Jedi Master stands any hope of liberating the planet from the grasp of gangs, thieves and thugs. But would Ben risk everything to do what was right? Even if it meant revealing himself to those searching for his whereabouts?

One could easily see this story playing out on the big screen and being really cool, but one has to wonder if the fact that this comic is being written means that our chances of seeing this story adapted are actually zero. Star Wars movies have never worked from source material before, and to have the events in print before they can be portrayed and surprise on-screen doesn't really sound like a direction that the franchise will go in. It's not an impossibility, but the existence of this comic might actually hurt the chances of an Obi-Wan Kenobi film happening.

Do you want to see an Obi-Wan movie? Do you think that this new comic helps or hurts its chances? Hit the comments below with your thoughts.

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