Why did it go from movie to series?

Why did it go from movie to series?

the premiere of Obi-Wan Kenobithe long-awaited series that follows the Jedi Master in his lost years between trilogies, is now available with its first episodes on Disney Plus.

Ewan McGregor returns in a production that has been chaining news for years; positive and negative, and that now we can finally begin to enjoy. However, it is known that the story about Kenobi was originally going to be a movie.

Why was the format and screen changed? The good results of Disney Plus they seem obvious. Strengthening the platform and its subscription in an uncertain context for the exhibition in theaters seemed like a logical decision for Disney… Although losing the capacity for box office income always remains there.

But unlike Marvel, the Star Wars universe appears to have put off its return to the big screen for the long haul, with more movies canceled or rumored to be canceled—Rian Johnson’s supposed trilogy, Rogue Squadron, the Patty Jenkins tape…—and just the idea of ​​an undefined Taika Waititi movie resisting. Or at least without rumors and news to the contrary.

On the other hand, his commitment to series has doubled, with several promising premieres that will reach Disney Plus from now until 2024.

‘Kenobi’, the movie that was going to be… in 2013

The development of the ‘Kenobi’ project, as it was originally called, began in early 2013, when Disney, after acquiring Lucasfilm, sought to create a series of films derived from the main franchise. Other projects that were put into development were a Boba Fett movie and the released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Y Solo: A Star Wars Storythe latter a well-known disaster that put other plans in check due to its failure at the box office.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly about the new series, Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, reflected on the development of Obi-Wan Kenobi. When asked about the move from a movie to a television series, the studio chief cited former Disney CEO Bob Iger’s desire to break into the streaming wars like the decision that caused him to change his strategy for Star Wars anthology stories. These were his statements:

“When Bob Iger specifically said, ‘We’re going to start shifting our priority to making series for Disney Plus, and we’re going to launch the streaming service’, that was really what changed our strategy. We started to see the opportunity in the streaming space where we could tell long-form stories, and we realized there was an opportunity to experiment in that space without the level of scrutiny that comes with releasing a feature film.”

Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm

This change in Lucasfilm’s strategy began as a success with The Mandalorian, whose critical acclaim seems to have helped build confidence in Disney and Lucasfilm’s shift from the big screen to more episodic storytelling. Hence the current calendar, with the spin-offs of The Mandalorianincluding the recently completed boba fett bookthis one with worse reviews, and the next ones Ahsoka, Andor, The Acolyte Y Landau.

Star Wars: increasingly a series franchise

As Kennedy points out in his analysis of why Obi-Wan Kenobi went from being a movie to a television series, the level of scrutiny directed at small screen projects is not as high as that of a feature film. And perhaps the disaster of Only at the box office and critics and the constant controversies surrounding the last trilogy.

the last jedi Y the rise of skywalker they disliked critics and confused fans with their continual spins and returns to the starting line. no matter where you look, they were not round movies and brought legacy production problems for Disney. And as for anthology movies, Solo: A storyyoustar wars storyalso left too many open wounds.

Maybe yes Onlyin 2018, would have been a only (sorry for the redundancy) a TV series, expectations would have been lowered.

This hypothesis works backwards. Let’s imagine The Mandalorian in theaters: Would Baby Yoda Have Been a New Jar Jar Binks Phenomenon? Here the medium can make a big difference, because streaming opens up to a much wider audience and dilutes the criticism of the fandom most dedicated, the one that goes to the first cinema sessions and expands the first critics.

Movies tend to be big cultural events, which means at least meet the record and surpass the previous one. In the series, that introduction can be more relaxed, and have more marked budgets that can be concentrated in one season without the risk of mortgaging the entire future of the franchise.. Even big moments like the season finale in The Mandalorian, with Luke Skywalker’s cameo may resonate better because they were completely unexpected. Something that the last trilogy, so foreseeable, did not have at all.

This idea is not new. The animated series of starwarsWhat Clone Warswere successful because the stakes were lower, both in terms of the plot and the culture surrounding the saga. Visions it has also managed to create a valid product without disrupting anything.

Basically, the original version of George Lucas already divided his films into Episodes. Now maybe it’s time to get used to it allwithout the beginning of A long long time ago… means a direct continuation beyond the previous chapter.

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