According to The Playlist, the Obi-Wan spinoff film may be held to be part of Disney's upcoming and still unnamed subscription-based streaming service. The report -- which even The Playlist puts in the "hard rumor" category -- states that they were told by a Disney source six months ago that the studio wanted the Obi-Wan film to help compete against the streaming giant Netflix.
While this would have seemed unlikely before Solo's debut, that certainly has changed. Last week, Collider reported that following Solo's box office failure Lucasfilm had decided to shelve all of the Star Wars Story films to instead focus on Star Wars: Episode IX and whatever trilogy of movies will follow it. Among the shelved films? The long-rumored Obi-Wan film from director Stephen Daldry. However, the next day, ABC News reported that Collider's report was "inaccurate,” and that "multiple" Star Wars films were currently in development that have not been officially announced. The report was clear that those films are separate from Rian Johnson's new trilogy and those coming from Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
If Disney is scaling back a bit on the Star Wars Story films for the purpose of keeping them for their own streaming service, it would actually make sense. Both an Obi-Wan spinoff and a Boba Fett spinoff have been much-requested by Star Wars fans for some time though neither project has been officially confirmed by Lucasfilm. With two eagerly anticipated films being available to fans only through the service, it would be a way to help ensure that fans would add a Disney subscription to an ever-growing list of services.