Original Obi-Wan Kenobi Scripts Were Too Bleak

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After the events of Revenge of the Sith, it looks as though Obi-Wan Kenobi is in a bad place. His fellow Jedi have been hunted and killed, and those who survived were driven into hiding.

But it could have been a lot worse.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy revealed that the original Obi-Wan Kenobi scripts were scrapped because they were just too bleak.

“We’re looking, ultimately, to make a hopeful, uplifting story,” she explained. “It’s tricky when you’re starting with a character in the state that Obi-Wan would be in coming off of Revenge of the Sith. That’s a pretty bleak period of time. You can’t just wave the magic wand with any writer and arrive at a story that necessarily reflects what you want to feel.”

Worried about the direction of the upcoming series, Kennedy decided to halt production in favor of a rewrite.

Obi-Wan star Ewan McGregor admits that the series starts in a pretty dark place.

“We find Obi-Wan at the beginning of our story rather broken, and faithless, and beaten” he explained. “Somewhat given up. He’s different because of what happened at the end of Episode III with Order 66 and the Jedi order being slaughtered and everyone who survived going into hiding. After dealing with his personal failure with Anakin, he feels that it’s his personal responsibility, that he allowed Anakin to be tempted over to the Dark Side, and that he wasn’t able to stop that. His teaching wasn’t able to protect Anakin from that, I think obviously weighs very heavily on him.”

Even after the rewrites, it sounds as though Obi-Wan Kenobi doesn’t pull any punches.

The first Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer saw us return to Tatooine, with our first look at the return of Darth Vader to follow. Bringing back his old apprentice, now as Darth Vader, sets up the clash we’ve all been waiting for.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Cast and Characters

Throw in a new villain in the form of Inquisitor Reva, and it looks as though Obi-Wan is in for a pretty tough time. Enough to make a man consider becoming a hermit, perhaps.

Obi-Wan Kenobi star Ewan McGregor as the iconic Jedi, with Hayden Christensen set to appear as Darth Vader. They’re joined by Rupert Friend, Kumail Nanjiani, Joel Edgerton, and Moses Ingram.

Deborah Chow directed the upcoming series, with scripts by Joby Harold.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.





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