Stuart Beattie on his axed Obi-Wan Kenobi film series

“There are three different evolutions that the character has to make”

(L-R): Owen Lars (Joel Edgerton) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) in Lucasfilm's OBI-WAN KENOBI, exclusively on Disney+. © 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

“Collateral” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” scribe Stuart Beattie says, despite the onscreen credit, he didn’t actually write for the new “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series.

Speaking to The Direct, the Aussie filmmaker and writer explained that he wrote a film trilogy for Disney and Lucasfilm that were later reworked into a series format.

“Joby [Harold, showrunner for ‘Obi-Wan’] 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.”

Beattie spoke a bit about his arc for the “Kenobi” trilogy, which may hint as to the direction a season 2 of the Disney+ series may go.

“When I pitched my Obi-Wan story to Lucasfilm, I said, ‘There are actually three stories here. Because there are three different evolutions that the character has to make in order to go from Obi-Wan to Ben’.

The first one was the first movie, which was the show, which was, ‘Surrender to the will of the Force. Transport your will, surrender your will. Leave the kid alone.’

So then, the second [movie] was thinking about where Kenobi ends up. And one of the most powerful and probably the most powerful moment in all of Obi-Wan’s story is that moment where he sacrifices himself in ‘A New Hope.’ Great moment, you know, makes you cry.

But, if you stop and think about it, it’s a pretty sudden thing, to just kind of go be fighting a guy, to see Luke and go, ‘I’m gonna die.’ You know, that to me, that required forethought. That required pre-acceptance that this was going to happen.

He’s recognizing he’s been on this journey already, and he’s waiting for this moment, and that’s how he’s able to make it so easily. To do this [sacrifice], and die. So that to me was the second evolution, the second film, the second story. So for me, if I have anything to do with the second season of ‘Obi-Wan,’ that’s the character evolution that I would take him on. That, to me, is really interesting. And like I said, universal.”

A second season of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” has yet to be officially greenlit.

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