The film news and reviews site Collider posted an exclusive report on Wednesday concerning the fate of future Star Wars films—and in particular, a long-rumored, not-yet-announced film focused on the classic character Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Citing "sources with knowledge of the situation," Collider confirmed that all pre-production for Lucasfilm's unnamed Obi-Wan "Star Wars Story" film is now "on hold." Every contributor attached to that film's pre-production process is "no longer involved," the site adds, and any other Star Wars Story film projects are currently "on hiatus." That includes a rumored Boba Fett film, which Collider reports was not as far along in a pre-production process as the Obi-Wan film was.
Other major film-gossip outlets—including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Deadline—have not published similar news as of press time.
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