What would the planned Obi-Wan Kenobi film trilogy have been like?

Some may think: Didn’t one of the oldest and most popular Star Wars characters deserve his own movie saga? And certainly, that was the original plan of Disney and Lucasfilm: for Obi-Wan Kenobi to have a trilogy focused entirely on him, in the years after Revenge of the Sith and prior to A new hope. However, that idea was discarded and only part of the project was translated into the six episodes that make up the recent solo miniseries of the Jedi Knight.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)

The proposal for a trilogy prospered to the point that there was a script for the first installment, written by stuart beattie. Said script eventually fell into the hands of Joby Harold, who as the main writer of the show Obi-Wan Kenobi, adapted that same original argument (with some modifications) to the serial format. As a result, Beattie ended up with credits in the show’s writing department. However, he insists that his contribution did not go beyond conceiving a story designed for the big screen: proposing three films where the priority was to carefully develop the arc of the character.

“When I presented my Obi-Wan story to Lucasfilm, I said: “There are actually three stories here, because there are three different evolutions that the character needs to go from Obi-Wan to Ben.” And the first one was going to be in the first movie, which ended up being the show, where the idea was: ‘Surrender to the will of the Force. Carry your will, deliver your will. Leave the child alone,'” the screenwriter said in an interview with TheDirect.

As he confessed to the media, Beattie also had a clear idea of ​​what the second film would have been like. Or rather, what facet of Obi-Wan Kenobi was important to explore in her. For him it was essential to lay the foundations that would justify “one of the most powerful moments” of the character in Star Wars, which is when he peacefully accepts his death at the hands of Darth Vader, at the end of the second act of the game. Episode IV: A New Hope.

“Great moment, it makes you cry,” he said. “But if you stop and think about it, it’s pretty sudden: going to a fight with a guy, seeing Luke and saying, ‘I’m going to die.’ That to me required foresight. That required prior acceptance of what was going to happen.

Consequently, the second installment of the frustrated film trilogy was going to narrate how the protagonist knows his destiny, and goes from denial to acceptance:

“That’s the second step of evolution for me. Obi-Wan now has to come to terms with his own mortality, either through a prophecy, or because Qui-Gon tells him, ‘The time will come when you must sacrifice yourself for good.’ And then [Obi-Wan] say what? No, no, no, no, I’m here to help. I can’t, no’. So it would have to be brought to that point where Obi Wan accepts the idea that he is going to die, that he is going to die voluntarily at a crucial moment and that he will know when that moment arrives ».

Either way, Beattie doesn’t lose hope. As well as the six episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi were inspired by the script of what would have been the first film of the trilogy, perhaps a potential second season will resume its proposal of a “second evolution”.

“If I have something to do with the second season of Obi-Wan Kenobi, that is the evolution of the character to which he would face. That, to me, is really interesting.”

You might also be interested in: Why doesn’t Yoda appear in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series?

Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)

In the same conversation with TheDirectStuart Beattie assured that both Lucasfilm and Ewan McGregor (Kenobi’s interpreter) were enthusiastic about the film project. However, he explained that the poor box office performance of Han Solo: A Star Wars Story “changed the direction of the system”: Disney did not want to risk another box office flop, by means of a spin off of Star Wars.

But do you think the trilogy would have worked? In any case, remember that all the episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are available in the Disney Plus Latin America catalog.

The entry What would the planned Obi-Wan Kenobi film trilogy have been like? was first published in Cine PREMIERE.

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