Everyone rejoiced when it was announced that the Obi-Wan Kenobi series would be hitting Disney+, but it had also been revealed that the project was originally a film. Deborah Chow is set to direct the show, and she explains that she thinks a series is actually the better format.
Talking to The New York Times (via io9), Chow explains, “The situation is so complex both for [Obi-Wan] 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. There is so much going on between [Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope] 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.”
For now we don’t know much about what happens in the Obi-Wan series, but we do know what place it is in the timeline. Some suspect that the entire show would take place on Tatooine, but I’m hopeful that we get Obi-Wan going around and doing some underground Jedi stuff. Maybe there’s even a chance we get to see young Luke or Uncle Owen at some point. Fingers crossed we get a Force Ghost moment with Qui-Gonn.
Disney+ is currently at a high with the success of The Mandalorian, and the bar is now set pretty high for future Star Wars shows. We don’t know when Cassian Andor or Obi-Wan come out, but I’m hoping we actually get an hour per episode because the 30-minute runtime for Mando is honestly leaving me peeved at how short everything feels.
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