Ewan McGregor confirms the Obi-Wan Kenobi series was initially a movie
“Two years ago, director Stephen Daldry was supposedly lined up to direct a standalone Obi-Wan film. Unfortunately, the dismal box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story put all the spinoff movies on hold. Today ComingSoon.net got to speak to Ewan McGregor at the Doctor Sleep junket, where he confirmed that before it was going to be a Disney+ series it was indeed going to be only a single film.
“It wasn’t always going to be a series, not initially,” McGregor confirmed. “When we first started talking about, that wasn’t really in the cards but everything’s changed so much, so quickly. It’s really exciting that it is now. I’m really into the idea to be able to tell the story over several hours instead of just one hit. I think it’s going to be quite cool.” […]”
Well, personally speaking:
I think these things are better-served being multi-part streaming productions over stand-alone big-budget spinoff movies. The latter format is very constricting. “Rogue One” felt very compressed to me. Still haven’t seen “Solo”, so I can’t comment on that one. But I agree with Ewan here. There’s better storytelling potential for side pieces like these in the long-form medium of television and streaming services. So if “Solo” bombing caused this shift, all the better. There are silver linings to be had in virtually everything.
I was contemplating myself that “Obi-Wan’s story between the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Rebellion might feel more plausible as a contemplative character piece than a razzmatazz ‘adventure you didn’t hear about before, but which nevertheless was essential to the story you thought you knew,'” and that might be more “televisual” than “theatrical” these days. At the same time, my thoughts there’s “a different story that might have been” lurking in the background of every Disney Star Wars production aren’t going away with this news. I have to admit I wondered for a few seconds about some hypothetical “feature-length cut” of this series; then, I remembered how obnoxious all those reports of chopped-down versions of The Phantom Menace were to me…
Like The Jar Jar Edit? (The one where Jar Jar is Edited out of the Movie)
Couldn’t agree more with you on this one. I’m very excited, and I think it’s fair to say all prequel fans ought to be rejoicing.
Much like the Clone Wars return, it’s also for one season, which is a pity, but if it can stick to Obi-Wan consistently, with no side character detours, we’re in for a treat.
More than one season would likely result in little meaty storytelling and a whole lot of padding. I know it’s natural for fans to want more more more, but sometimes a deliberately short life for a series can turn out to be a very good thing, a blessing in disguise. There was a season-long series that aired on cable TV last year, I won’t name it, but I am glad that the decision was made not to do a second season, as there would have been no story left — just some contrived angst for the sake of having angst, and, yes, padding. Instead, there’s a handful and a half of top-notch episodes to watch and re-watch and appreciate the layered storytelling.
Ewan looking great here! He’s such a good-looking young man.
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It could work if the Empire and Jabba aren’t directly involved in the story (doubtful). It could work as a classic western with Obi-Wan reluctantly helping out some locals with a gang or a land baron.
It would be nice to see Owen and Watto involved to some extent.