An Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series is on the way to Disney Plus, but it seems that wasn’t always the plan.
For years, rumors circulated that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie was in the works, but then we were told a TV series was coming. Ewan McGregor confirmed the movie was indeed in talks, but then plans shifted.
Hossein Amini, writer and executive producer of the series, has now shed some light on what happened. Speaking with Discussing Film recently, Amini said, “The situation is so complex both for him personally and in a way, the state of the galaxy, you sort of need time to explore it and to be honest there are loads of other stories within that period as well, it’s quite a few years.” He went on to add, “There is so much going on between episode III and IV that hasn’t been explored. The idea of being able to go into a character journey plus the politics and plus all the vastness of the Empire and what’s going on is exciting just because it feels like a proper period of history and sometimes that is hard to do in two hours.”
In general, we have to agree. While a film would have been nice, setting up with Kenobi would ever leave his role as protector to a young Luke, even briefly, takes some time to set up. The stakes have to be worth him doing that, and setting that up as well as telling an engaging story would have been rough in a two-hour format.
The series is currently expected to begin filming in Summer 2020, but no release date has been announced as of yet.