Obi-Wan Kenobi Was Originally Conceived As A Trilogy, And We’ve Only Seen Part 1

Obi-Wan Kenobi Was Originally Conceived As A Trilogy, And We’ve Only Seen Part 1
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There’s no word yet on if Obi-Wan Kenobi will return to Disney+ for more seasons, but apparently the stories are there. In a new interview, writer Stuart Beattie explained that the original plan for Obi-Wan Kenobi was to make three movies, and the story on the first season of the show was just part one.

Beattie is credited as a writer on episodes one and three of the Disney+ show, and given story credit for episodes one, two, and six. Despite that, he never had any interaction with anyone involved with the show. How can that be? Well, it’s because Beattie, who also wrote Collateral and 30 Days of Night among others, wrote a screenplay for an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie that was going to be directed by Stephen Daldry. A movie that got scrapped in favour of a streaming show, but still ended up very much being a part of that streaming show.

“I wrote the film that they based the show on,” Beattie said to the Direct. “So, yeah. I spent like a year, year-and-a-half working on it. And then, when the decision was made not to make any more spin-off films after Solo came out, I left the project and went on to other things. Joby [Harold] came on and took my scripts and turned it from two hours into six. So, I did not work with them at all, I just got credit for the episodes because it was all my stuff.”

And that stuff was just the beginning. Beattie originally pitched Lucasfilm something very epic: a new Star Wars trilogy. “So when I pitched my Obi-Wan story to Lucasfilm, I said, ‘There’s actually three stories here. Because there’s three different evolutions that the character has to make in order to go from Obi-Wan to Ben,’” Beattie said. “And the first one was the first movie, which was the show, which was, ‘Surrender to the will of the Force. Transport your will, surrender your will. Leave the kid alone.’”

“So then, the second [movie] was thinking about where Kenobi ends up,” the writer continued. “And one of the most powerful and probably the most powerful moment in all of Obi-Wan’s story is that moment where he sacrifices himself in A New Hope. Great moment, you know, makes you cry. But, if you stop and think about it, it’s a pretty sudden thing, to just kind of go be fighting a guy, to see Luke and go, ‘I’m gonna die.’ You know, that to me, that required forethought. That required pre-acceptance that this was going to happen.”

Beattie is right in that assessment. The show doesn’t quite give you a full picture of why Obi-Wan, in his next (we think) duel with Vader, lets himself be killed. Is it because Luke and Leia have been reunited and he’s spent years training for this with Qui-Gon? Probably. But that’s implicit, not explicit.

The interview at the Direct gets a bit more into that, with Beattie thinking that story — of how Obi-Wan realised he’d have to die — is actually just movie two of his trilogy. He never actually wrote those films though because he was worried about getting part one off the ground. Which it eventually did, just not in the way he wanted.

What do you think part three of Obi-Wan Kenobi would be? The Darth Maul stuff? Do you want to see more shows about the Jedi Master? Let us know below.

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  • That said, despite its missteps there is no denying both Hayden and Ewan bought their A game to the show, so it would almost be tragic to not use their amazing strengths for more but it just feels like this closed to book between prequels and originals with a perfect bow.

    Creating a closed loop of story. With another show bringing Reva back to do something with her redemption.

    Some times less is more.

    • Agreed. Loved everything Ewan and Hayden. Reva was hit and miss for me, Leia felt utterly pointless if I’m frank about it. I was saying yesterday it felt like a majorly padded 100m movie. This makes sense now.

      • They should’ve left it a three part movie series. It needs The Princess Bride treatment of keeping the good bits of the good bits, because the filler more than anything was the worst part of the pacing.

        • I hope we don’t get a needlessly padded out season 2 and 3. I’ve seen Vader vs Obi Wan now. I don’t need to see it again. I really hope they start moving Star Wars forward. Skip a hundred years into the future of it all, set it in a ‘TNG’ situation, with a few generations ahead…

          • Quinlan Vos got a mention in the third episode. I wouldn’t mind seeing the adventures of the the other Jedi in hiding during this time period, like him and Ahsoka, who were helping the Rebels behind the scenes. Fallen Order did a decent job concepting it, but Quinlan Vos is much higher up the totem pole for skill level. Even if it’s not Obi-Wan directly (to maintain continuity), we could still follow the other Jedi around and flick back to Obi-Wan or Vader with their independent plotlines in mini arcs if the actors still want to be involved.

          • I was REALLY disappointed that Ice Cube’s son wasn’t playing him! In the end, his character was kind of a big ‘meh’. He wasn’t bad, he wasn’t overly good given his material, he definitely did the best he could in the end, but given his outstanding turn he gave as his father in “Straight Outta Compton”, he would’ve utterly nailed the role of Quinlan Vos!

          • There still might be time for a recast. Feels like a lot of Obi-Wan was done on the cheaper side, which is part of why the side characters have such questionable performances. The script wasn’t the best to begin with and a lot of actors are largely unknown. If he’s given a larger role in this story, there should be a better actor to go with it.

  • The series as a whole fell flat for me personally, was nice to see Ewan revisit his iconic role again though.

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