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Deadline Confirms that an Obi-Wan Series is Coming for Disney+

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    Nearly six months after our initial scoop, it looks like a major Hollywood trade is on the Obi-Wan Kenobi train (which started revving its engines up again with a new report from another website earlier today). According to Deadline, Ewan McGregor is indeed going to return to his role as the Jedi Master in a new live-action series from Disney+.





    In Deadline's report, they note that McGregor is set to return after three appearances in the Prequel Trilogy (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith) and a voice-only cameo in The Force Awakens. (He can faintly be heard whispering 'These are your first steps...' to Rey, after Alec Guiness's older version of the character addresses her by name thanks to some clever audio editing.) McGregor is currently set to do a few reshoots for the DC Films project Birds of Prey, and after that he doesn't appear to be signed up for anything else, so they could presumably begin filming the show sometime next year. No showrunner, writers, or directors for the project have been selected.



    We've been told that originally, the Obi-Wan Kenobi project was to begin life as a film, with it being the first release after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker for a presumed December 2020 or December 2021 release window. Had all gone well, the announcement would have happened shortly after the release of Solo. However, after troubled development cycles on Rogue One (which was wildly successful at the box office) and Solo (which wasn't), Lucasfilm decided to cut back on the idea of doing a Star Wars movie a year and instead have shifted their focus on developing trilogies from Rian Johnson and the showrunners of Game of Thrones at their own pace.



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    Thankfully, the advent of Disney+ presented Lucasfilm with new opportunities to tell smaller Star Wars stories outside of the theatrical format (and there are plenty - just look at how fellow Disney subsidiary Marvel Studios already has five shows lined up for the streaming service). Redeveloping Obi Wan Kenobi as a premium-quality television series instead of a movie was not only a great idea to them, but one that would benefit from having more than two-plus hours to tell a story with the character. As far as we know, the series will be six episodes long, and the script for the pilot is apparently 'GREAT', according to a source that we specifically spoke to months ago. It's great to see a scoop like this play out after a long period of waiting.



    UPDATE: Since the initial publication of Deadline's story, The Wrap, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter have all verified that the Obi Wan Kenobi project is indeed happening. All four are respected Hollywood trades with top-notch sources, so it seems that the Obi-Wan Kenobi project is as official as it can get before Disney or Lucasfilm confirm that the show is in development. THR's Borys Kit is reporting that the show will be six to eight episodes:



    [embed]https://twitter.com/Borys_Kit/status/1162157910350155776[/embed]



    The untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series is in development at Disney+. Hopefully, we'll get to hear more about it at Disney D23 next week, although that's not a certainty with Disney keeping tight-lipped about what projects will be shown at their film and Disney+ panels.



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    The thread has been updated with the confirmation of The Wrap, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

    So it's fact! Yes!

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/h...talks-an-obi-wan-kenobi-series-disney-1201364
     
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    I'll be watching this thread with great interest.
     
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    i still take things with a grain of salt as even with things officially announced, it could always "not happen," although i really hope that it is seen through
     
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    Same. Especially when you consider that Obi-Wan was also part of that leak that involved Boba Fett, Jabba, and Yoda at one point. Fett was even rumored to get a film and even had a "director" at one point.
     
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    If this live action is filmed it will be more powerful than we all possibly imagine ...
     
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    I'm predicting this will be an animated show. Happy to be proven wrong though. I'd be happier to see live action rather than another animated show.

    Obi-Wan should be on Tatooine for the majority of the series (judging by Ewan's and Obi-Wan's ageing since their last appearance at the end of Episode III) and filming in desert locations is both expensive and difficult to accomplish for an entire series. It could be done more easily and more cheaply in a studio with a lot of blue/green screen background replacement, but audiences can spot and feel that kind of fakeness and won't tolerate or believe in it.

    So I predict it will be a another cgi animated series, with Ewan's voice only.
     
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    If they go animated I'd kinda prefer they stick with James Arnold Taylor.
     
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    Deadline and Variety are always good indicators that something rumored will happen (though there are exceptions.)
    I have stated this in the regular forums, and I will state it again:
    This is truly the project that will reunite fans (or the closest we can get to reunification.) And it is the most exciting thing I have heard in the recent years, which is why my avatar is a picture of Obi Wan Kenobi.
     
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    Not to be a downer, but wasn't an Obi-Wan film already "confirmed" once by outside sources?

    I just won't let my excitement level go up until we hear from official channels.

    But if we do, boy howdy, this jumps to the top of my anticipated list.
     
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    Yeah, exactly...movies that are grenlit sometimes never happen...Josh Trank was told to be "sick" for his panel in 2015
     
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    That's the board acting up. Formatting works weird on the board compared to on WordPress, which is where it's really meant to be viewed.

    They've already said that this is live-action.

    A new animated show is apparently coming from both Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau, if the rumors are true. I would not be surprised if it's a Disney+ series, considering that they decided to wrap up Resistance with Season 2.

    Yes. It was in development at one point, scrapped when Lucasfilm decided not to do annual movies due to the creative and logistical issues involved (along with Solo losing over $70M), and repurposed as a live-action Disney+ series once Disney made it clear that streaming is their future.

    Note that Kathleen Kennedy mentioned that they were planning on announcing the third Star Wars Anthology movie in Summer 2017. Didn't happen, especially not once Phil Lord and Chris Miller were out. Around the time of Summer/Autumn 2017 was when Disney made plans to start Disney+ public, which Lucasfilm had to know about between Celebration Orlando and when Disney went public. I don't think that this it's a coincidence that the focus shifted away from Star Wars movies for the 2020 and 2021 period and toward television.

    I would not be surprised in the slightest if other proposed "A Star Wars Story" movies end up being reworked as shows as well. Shows can be less expensive and still retain a cinematic quality (as The Mandalorian does, based on the footage that I've seen of it), and they also prove to be a relatively inexpensive testing ground for future Star Wars movie directors and give them more time to play around in a sandbox.

    Boba Fett was never formally announced by Lucasfilm. Obi-Wan Kenobi has yet to be announced, but it's very likely that the announcement is coming soon.
     
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    Rumours are making rounds on twitter and reddit claiming that it will be a 6 or 8 episode mini-series.



    Would be great... 6 to 8 hours of Kenobi (depending on how long the episodes are); what a dream!
     
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    Disney+ is going to be huge.
     
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    So, now the big question:
    Will Kenobi be announced in a week at D23? The timing of McGregor’s signing on (supposedly) seems too coincidental to be true. If Disney was *smart* they should announce the Kenobi show at the same time they’re advertising the launch of D23. However, is there enough on Star Wars’ plate? While Marvel gives fans news and updates in truckloads, Lucasfilm tends to spoon-feed us tidbits over a longer period of time. Will announcing Kenobi distract from Mandalorian, Episode 9, and Disney+ in general? What do you guys think?
     
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