Obi-Wan Kenobi has wrapped up on Disney+, bringing again Ewan McGregor because the titular personality, telling the tale of ways he used to be pressured off Tatooine between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and, pitting him towards his former Padawan learner Darth Vader. The collection as a complete proved to be very talked-about among lovers, breaking viewership information at the streaming platform.
However, regardless of its luck, a portion of the Star Wars fanbase has expressed that the display would were a greater tale as a standalone movie. And at the beginning, that used to be precisely Lucasfilm’s plan.
Stephen Daldry and Hossein Amini have been introduced directly to direct and write the movie, respectively, ahead of the venture shifted into an episodic structure with the release of Disney+ in 2019. Joby Harold used to be therefore introduced on to take over as head creator, paving the way in which for the model director Deborah Chow ultimately dropped at Disney+.
Now, the venture’s first actual creator has unfolded about how his plan for Obi-Wan Kenobi’s tale did not simply contain of 1 theatrical function, however 3.
Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Planned Trilogy
In an unique interview with The Direct’s Nathan Johnson, Obi-Wan Kenobi creator Stuart Beattie mentioned his function in making the Ewan McGregor-starring venture and the way it used to be at the beginning imagined as “a complete trilogy.” Beattie used to be credited as a creator for Episodes 1, 2, 3, and the season finale of the collection.
Beattie published that he most effective wrote the screenplay for the unique function movie that the display used to be in line with and not collaborated with the collection’ writers, whilst additionally citing Solo’s field workplace efficiency as the cause of the Kenobi film by no means getting made:
“Right, so under no circumstances, none. I wrote the movie that they based totally the display on. So, yeah. I spent like a 12 months, year-and-a-half running on it. And then, when the verdict used to be made to not make any further spin-off motion pictures after Solo got here out, I left the venture and went directly to different issues. Joby got here on and took my scripts and became it from two hours into six. So, I didn’t paintings with them in any respect, I simply were given credit score for the episodes as it used to be all my stuff.”
Beattie additionally published that his unique tale pitch to Lucasfilm in 2016 concerned convincing them of “3 tales” for Obi-Wan Kenobi, the primary of which ended up changing into the collection’ first season and the second one that appeared forward to the Jedi Master’s lead-up to A New Hope:
“So after I pitched my Obi-Wan tale to Lucasfilm, I stated, ‘There’s if truth be told 3 tales right here. Because there is 3 other evolutions that the nature has to make to be able to cross from Obi-Wan to Ben.’ And the primary one used to be the primary film, which used to be the display, which used to be, ‘Surrender to the desire of the Force. Transport your will, give up your will. Leave the child on my own.’ So then, the second one [movie] used to be excited about the place Kenobi finally ends up. And one of the robust and one of the most robust second in all of Obi-Wan’s tale is that second the place he sacrifices himself in A New Hope. Great second, you already know, makes you cry. But, when you forestall and give it some thought, it is a beautiful surprising factor, to only more or less cross be combating a man, to look Luke and cross, ‘I’m gonna die.’ You know, that to me, that required forethought. That required pre-acceptance that this used to be going to occur.”
The creator persisted to elaborate on what he envisaged for a 2d tale of Obi-Wan Kenobi, describing how it might handle Ewan McGregor’s personality coming “to phrases together with his personal mortality” to dovetail into Obi-Wan’s sacrifice in his climactic Death Star struggle towards Darth Vader:
“So once more, it is a kind of common issues all of us battle with, to come back to phrases with our personal mortality. So, that used to be the second one step of the evolution for me, that Obi-Wan now has to come back to phrases together with his personal mortality, come what may in a prophecy, or Qui-Gon telling him, ‘There’s going to come back a second the place you are gonna need to sacrifice your self for the great,’ And then [Obi-Wan] is like, ‘What? No, no, no, no, I’m right here to assist… I will be able to’t, no.’ And get him to that time the place Obi Wan has accredited the speculation that he is going to die, and that he is going to die willingly at a a very powerful second, and you’re going to know when that second gifts itself. So that once that second comes up in [A New Hope], . He’s spotting he is been in this adventure already, and he is looking ahead to this second, and that is the reason how he is ready to make it so simply. To do that [sacrifice], and die. So that to me used to be the second one evolution, the second one movie, the second one tale. So for me, if I’ve anything else to do with the second one season of Obi Wan, that is the personality evolution that I might take him on. That, to me, is actually attention-grabbing. And like I stated, common.”
When requested if the 3 tales that he had deliberate supposed that the plan used to be to make 3 motion pictures, Beattie showed that it used to be at the beginning “a complete trilogy.”
The creator additionally published that each Lucasfilm and McGregor have been on board with the speculation:
“Oh completely. Yeah, evidently. Yeah, Ewan used to be on board, everybody. We have been like, ‘Yeah, able to head.’ And we have been so interested by it, too… It’s an ideal tale to inform, proper? It’s any such becoming personality and Ewan is simply so incredible at it. And he is the very best age, the whole lot.
Beattie used to be “devastated” when he discovered the venture used to be now not going forward as a film:
“It simply used to be demise to be executed. You know, sadly, it is simply, it used to be Solo that modified the path of the gadget. I love Solo, for my part, nevertheless it hadn’t made some huge cash. It is loopy in many ways to consider it the way it [was directed by] of the most efficient filmmakers running as of late. But, simply because it did not hit a undeniable quantity, they simply needed to reconsider. And, once more, method above my paygrade, nevertheless it surely overwhelmed us. Devastated, completely devastated. But, that is the industry, you already know, highs and lows. I’m satisfied it were given made. I’m satisfied the display were given made. I’m pleased with my tale that [got] informed. I’m satisfied my characters are all over it. And I’m satisfied I were given credit score for it. I want, I want they would been ready to make my motion pictures.”
Beattie used to be additionally requested if he had if truth be told been ready to post a remedy for the second one or 3rd transfer to Lucasfilm, however he stated that he hadn’t because of how busy he have been “running at the first one:”
“No, simply the primary. Because they hadn’t employed me to do the others but, ‘purpose I used to be busy running at the first one.”
All episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are to be had to move on Disney+.