Lucasfilm finally confirmed at D23 Expo that they are indeed moving forward with a Disney+ series focusing on Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Originally, Kenobi was planned as a feature film with director Stephen Daldry (The Crown) reportedly attached before later exiting.
McGregor recently confirmed this during the press tour for Doctor Strange that it was going to be a film before pivoting to a series and had to lie about his involvement whenever asked about it.
Well, it looks like we now know who was going to write that movie as series writer Hossein Amini (The Alienist, Drive) as revealed to DiscussingFilm in an in-depth interview that he was involved with the feature film when Daldry was involved.
This finally confirms who was writing the movie before it became a Disney+ show and that Stephen Daldry was indeed involved.
DISCUSSING FILM: So, how did you actually come about joining the project? Did you have to pitch, were you contacted? I was just wondering how you ended up working on the series?
AMINI: “I was initially contacted by the original director for the film version, Stephen Daldry and chatted with him and loved him as a director and then with Lucasfilm, it was more of a conversation than a pitch, I am incredibly gracious about it. They didn’t make it feel like an audition.”
When asked how long he’s been with involved with the Star Wars project.
AMINI: “It’s probably coming up to almost two years now.”
It’s interesting that Amini carried over to pen the series when Stephen Daldry exited.
The Mandalorian director Deborah Chow is set to work on Kenobi series as it’s set to begin shooting next summer (locations assumed to be California and England).
We assume that it will begin airing on Disney+ in 2021 as Lucasfilm/Disney has yet to reveal when it will drop.
SOURCE: DISCUSSING FILM