Obi-Wan Kenobi film trilogy was the first victim of the solo bomb


Obi-Wan Kenobi film trilogy was the first victim of the solo bomb

Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor

Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor
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Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, we are returning now Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Star Wars Story to the earth’s crust.

About four years after an explosive box office bomb known as solo deleted a library of unread war of stars stories, sources dug up the first identified victim of the blast. Before it was a Disney+ series, Obi Wan Kenobi was a proposed spin-off trilogy in development when solo exploded presumably due to a coaxium leak.

Speak with The DirectStuart Beattie, the Obi Wan Kenobi Screenwriter for the film series, who received screenwriters for the recently completed television series, said so solo was decisive for the intake Obi Wan from the big screen to the small.

“It was solo that changed the direction of the system,” Beattie said. “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. I’m glad my characters went through everything. And I’m glad I got recognition for it. I wish they could have made my films.”

solo It reportedly needed to earn more than $500 million to break even, but grossed around $393 million at the worldwide box office, a disappointing total for the director Ron Howard later blamed online trolls.

Beattie’s description of one Obi Wan Kenobi The film trilogy certainly sounds a bit more cohesive than Kenobi’s Adventures in babysitting. The screenplay was apparently going through significant growing pains. When Disney turned the film into a television series, the show expanded Beattie’s proposed two-hour film into a six-hour miniseries. “I wrote the movie that the series is based on,” Beattie said. “I worked on it for a 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. Iall, I only got credit for the episodes because it was all my stuff.

Ewan McGregor was “on board” for the trilogy. “It’s a great story, isn’t it? It’s such a fitting character and Ewan is just so fantastic at it. And he’s the perfect age, everything.”

Beattie said the trilogy followed Kenobi through three periods of his life. His original pitch of “three stories” followed “three different evolutions” and featured the character’s transformation from the prequel Obi-Wan into the Ben Kenobi that viewers first met in 1977. “The first was the first movie, that was the show that was, ‘Submit to the will of power. Submit your will, surrender your will. Leave the kid alone.’”

The second film, Beattie outlined, would have brought fans closer to Kenobi A new hope sacrifice, which he considered “probably the strongest moment in all of Obi-Wan history”. As he points out, it’s a “pretty sudden” decision that Obi-Wan makes, and Beattie wanted to explore how the character might go from “fighting a guy, to Luke and saying, ‘I’m going to die'”. .

Beattie continued:

It’s one of those universal things we all struggle with in order to come to terms with our own mortality. So that was the second step of evolution for me, that Obi-Wan now has to come to terms with his own mortality, sort of in a prophecy, or Qui-Gon telling him, “There’s going to be a moment when you’re like, ‘You.’ will have to sacrifice yourself for good.” And then [Obi-Wan] is like, “What? No, no, no, no, I’m here to help… I can’t, no.’ And get him to the point where Obi Wan has accepted the idea that he’s going to die, and that he will willingly die at a crucial moment, and you’ll know when that moment comes. So when that moment comes [A New Hope], You understand. He realizes that he has already made this journey and he is waiting for this moment and that is why he can make it so easily. In order to do this [sacrifice], and die. So that was the second development for me, the second film, the second story. So for me, if I have anything to do with Obi Wan season two, that’s the character development I would do with him. This is really interesting to me. And like I said, universal.

Has anyone in the history of war of stars The fandom wondered why did Obi-Wan sacrifice himself to save Luke? For six-year-olds in 1977, it certainly made enough sense. It’s another example of this war of stars Instinct to fill in every gap George Lucas missed in his attempt to create a fun, romantic space adventure for kids. If there is a second season of Obi Wan Kenobimaybe they can figure out how Obi-Wan learned the phrase “Hello there.”

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