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Obi-Wan Kenobi Writer Talks About the Series Which Is Planned to Start Filming in July

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    The writer of the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus series, Hossein Amini, was interviewed recently by Discussing Film. In the interview, Amini talks about the upcoming production, how he got involved, and his approach to the story which takes place eleven years before the events of A New Hope. We connect the dots of his statements with what we had learned about the project when we broke the news of its existence earlier this year. It all makes a lot of sense. Check it out.





    The interview was conducted by Michael Slavin, who did a great job trying to dig out as much detail and information out of the writer as he could, which is no easy task when it comes to Star Wars projects. We pulled and extracted the quotes from the interview that don't retread oft-repeated beats we've already heard about the project.



    Amini said the plan is to start shooting in July, so what can he tell us at this point?

    How did he tackle one of the most iconic Star Wars characters during the most difficult time of their life?

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    Why is this story better suited for a six-episode series versus a theatrical film?

    That quote can be spun as though he is divulging the series will span the course of a few years, but we are not ready to make that assumption. It is interesting to hear they will be touching on the status of the Empire's growth during this time and the impact it has on the galaxy, and not just zoomed in on Obi-Wan himself.



    So how did Amini get involved with the project?

    From what I was told when I broke the news about the series in February, they took the original script for the movie and re-worked it into a six-episode series. So the core of the story is likely the same, I imagine the original writer(s) will still be credited, and that they brought Amini in to help re-work it and add elements to make it work as a six-hour limited series.



    Has Amini always wanted to explore writing about a character like Obi-Wan?
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    Ewan McGregor has had to lie about his involvement for four years, so how long has Amini been attached?
    Coming up on two years sounds like he was brought in right after they decided to scrap the idea as a theatrical film and shift it to a series. This decision was made after Solo's box office struggles (due to Disney's admitted horrible marketing and scheduling tactics), which pins it at early June, 2018. As I mention earlier, Amini was likely brought in to help retool the script and shape the foundation of what they had into segmented episodes. Always along for the ride is the Lucasfilm Story Group, the keepers of canon connectivity. Amini talks about his experience working with that team.
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    Deborah Chow, who has directed an episode of The Mandalorian, will be directing the entire series. Amini admits he hasn't seen The Mandalorian yet, so he didn't use any influence in her Star Wars directing style when it came to working on the story. Those production timelines simply didn't cross paths.

    The Obi-Wan Kenobi series will film next summer, and will likely appear on the Disney Plus streaming service at some point in 2021.



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