Screenwriter Stuart Beattie has revealed that Disney was once working on a trilogy of Star Wars films centered on Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi.
However, the planned trilogy was abandoned after the spin-off’s smashing box office performance of 2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Beattie said he wrote a draft of the first Obi-Wan Kenobi film, which was eventually adapted into the Disney Plus series Obi Wan Kenobi.
Speak with The Directhe revealed that he did not work directly on the series at all, although he received several story by and writer credits.
“I wrote the film that the series is based on,” he said. “I worked on this for about a year, year and a half. And then when the decision was made not to do any more spin-off films after that solo came out, I left the project and went on to other things.
“Joby [Harold] came and took my scripts and turned them from two hours to six. So I didn’t work with them at all, I just got credit for the episodes because it was all my stuff.
He also revealed details about the planned second and third Obi-Wan Kenobi films and claimed that he wants to recast his ideas for an as yet unconfirmed second season of Obi Wan Kenobi.
“The second [movie] I’ve been thinking about where Kenobi ends up,” Beattie said. “And one of the most powerful, and probably most powerful, moments in all of Obi-Wan history is the moment he sacrifices himself A new hope.”
According to Beattie, McGregor’s Jedi would come to terms with his own mortality in the second film.
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“It was solo that changed the direction of the system,” he added. “I like solo, personally, but it hadn’t made much money…it certainly knocked us down. Devastated, absolutely devastated.
“But that’s the business, you know, ups and downs. I’m glad it was done. I’m glad the show was made. I’m proud of my story [got] said. I’m glad my characters went through everything. And I’m glad I got recognition for it. I wish, I wish they could have made my films.”
Obi Wan Kenobi is now available to stream on Disney+.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/obi-wan-kenobi-film-star-wars-b2111851.html The Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi film trilogy was abandoned after the failure of Solo