Before becoming a Disney Plus limited series, Obi-Wan Kenobi was going to be a movie trilogy. In an interview from The Direct with writer Stuart Beatti, who wrote the planned films, he revealed how plans had shifted.
“I wrote the film that they based the show on. 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 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.”
He had pitched the idea to Lucasfilm in 2016 to do an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie trilogy. To him, it was meant to bridge his evolution from Obi-Wan to Ben.
“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.'”
Everything was ready to go as the world would have had an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie trilogy rather than the Disney Plus series, which concluded on June 22nd.
“Ewan was on board, everyone. We were like, ‘Yeah, ready to go.’ And we were so excited about it, too… It’s a great story to tell, right? It’s such a fitting character and Ewan is just so fantastic at it. And he’s the perfect age, everything.”
The death of the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie trilogy
The middling reviews and poor box office for Solo: A Star Wars Story killed the pitch. The origins of Han Solo with Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) had a budget of $275 million and could not make that up as it grossed $392 million worldwide. For Beatti, he was “devastated” when his films were shelved.
“It is crazy in some ways to think about it how it [was directed by] of the best filmmakers working today. But, just because it didn’t hit a certain number, they just had to rethink. And, again, way above my paygrade, but it certainly crushed us. Devastated, absolutely devastated. But, that’s the business, you know, highs and lows. I’m glad it got made. I’m glad the show got made. I’m proud of my story that [got] told. I’m glad my characters are all through it. And I’m glad I got credit for it. I wish, I wish they’d been able to make my movies.”
Beatti got the credit he deserved when the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie trilogy went to become a Disney Plus series. He was credited for episodes one, two, three, and the finale, episode six. You can watch the whole series on the streaming platform. It stars Ewan McGregor, Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit), Vivien Lyra Blair (Bird Box), Haiden Christensen, Kumail Nanjiani, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, James Earl Jones, and more.