Entering into a period of Star Wars renaissance as we are, we’re preparing for deluge of new movies that can only be compared to the Marvel tidal wave we’ve encountered recently. There’s been a ton of talk about what actors and characters are returning for the new Episode movies—and what their roles will be—as well as what characters will get their own standalone movies (Boba Fett, Han Solo). With all of that, a new report says that one important character may not just get a solo movie, but he could get his very own trilogy.
First up, they are not talking about an Obi-Wan spin-off movie but a trilogy of Obi-Wan movies. I need to stress that these movies are not connected. They aren’t part of a story arc but 3 separate Obi-Wan adventures set between Episodes III and IV.
That doesn’t sound all that outlandish. There’s a big gap in between those two chapters, one that Lucasfilm and Disney are now attempting to fill in with the animated series Star Wars Rebels, and there’s ample room to explore Obi-Wan’s life and adventures. You know that while trying to stay under the Empire’s radar, assisting the burgeoning rebellion, and keeping an eye on a young Luke Skywalker, there are bound to be some sticky situations we haven’t explored yet. Each movie could have it’s own story, and you could even jump around to various points in the Jedi’s life.
According to the report, there are even already multiple story ideas being bounced around:
One set completely on Tatooine and two where Obi-Wan travels elsewhere in the Galaxy.
Qui-Gon Jinn is very much present in these stories. So too is Owen Lars. Several characters from the Clone Wars T.V show would make an appearance. There would be flashbacks to Obi-Wan fighting in the Clone Wars.
Those are vague descriptions, to be sure, but they sound both feasible and like they could potentially be a total blast. They guy had a long, interesting life, full of battles, drama, and exploits, so you could easily come up with three movies worth of content if you wanted to. And he’s already appeared just about everywhere—The Clone Wars, all of the Episode movies thus far, even already in Rebels—so he could very well provide a sort of through line for the entire expanding franchise.
If Disney and Lucasfilm are indeed following the Marvel model, does that mean we’re going to start getting multiple movies per year, all connected—some loosely, others explicitly? It’s starting to look like that may be a possibility. Are you mentally and emotionally prepared for that, should it come to pass? How about a three-pack of Obi-Wan movies? Is that something you can get behind, or would you like them to focus their energy on other areas?
For now we just wait for Star Wars: Episode VII to drop on December 18, 2015.