Obi-Wan Kenobi follows the Jedi Master of the same name and his journey from a broken, guilt-ridden hermit back to power and a fight against the Empire. A fairly well-rounded, completed development that doesn’t necessarily call for a sequel – but such plans actually existed, at least originally.
Stuart Beattie revealed this in an interview with the film site The Direct. Beattie is one of the writers credited for episodes 1, 2, 3, and 6 of the “Obi-Wan” series, but was actually not involved with the series. The reason for this: He wrote the script for an originally planned “Obi-Wan” film – who then, after the disappointing “Solo: A Star Wars Story” was canceled and made into a series on Disney+.
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Indeed Beattie didn’t just have plans for a single “Kenobi” film, but for an entire trilogy. And now that the first (and only?) season of Obi-Wan Kenobi is based on his original screenplay, it doesn’t seem unthinkable that his ideas will also be used for a sequel – even if he hasn’t yet scripted them at Lucasfilm submitted.
But what exactly was Beattie planning? In short: he wanted to close the gap between Episode III and Episode IV even further.
“When I pitched my ‘Obi-Wan’ story to Lucasfilm, I was like, that there are actually three stories, three evolutions that the character has to go through to go from Obi-Wan to Ben‘ Beattie told The Direct. “The first story was the first movie that became a series, and the message was, ‘Surrender to the will of the Force […] Let [Luke] in peace.'”
The second film should then deal with why Obi-Wan in “Star Wars” aka “A New Hope” simply sacrifices his life in the fight against Darth Vader: “A great moment that makes you cry,” says Beattie. “But when you think about it, it’s very abrupt, he’s fighting a guy, he sees Luke and he’s like, ‘Now I’m dying.’ This requires foresight. He had to accept beforehand that this would happen.”
“That was the second evolutionary step for me, for Obi-Wan to accept his own mortalityin some sort of prophecy, or through Qui-Gon telling him that at some point he’ll have to sacrifice himself for a good cause.” Obi-Wan would understandably have been completely against it at first, but Beattie wanted to get the point across that he’d Idea accepts that at a crucial moment he will willingly die and recognizes that moment as soon as it arrives.
“So if I have anything to do with a second season of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi,’ that would be the character development I would send him on. I think that’s interesting,” Beattie concludes.
Beattie didn’t say anything about his plans for the third film – could possibly be a remake of Obi-Wan’s appearance including a rematch against Darth Maul in “Star Wars Rebels” have been planned? Rumors about a comeback of the popular ex-Sith Lord have always existed.
Whether that will happen remains to be seen – Disney has not yet announced a second season of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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