Ugh. It sounds like the Disney+ show based on Obi-Wan Kenobi and starring Ewan McGregor may have gotten lost in the outer rim somewhere. Deadline is reporting that the creative team is undergoing some changes, including writer Hossein Amini, who is no longer attached to writer the script.
Collider reports that pre-production crew were busy building sets at Pinewood Studios and were sent home and told there would be an indefinite pause in production. They also report that the series might be reduced from six episodes to four.
At D23 Expo this year, Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy had mentioned that shooting would begin this year and that a stack of scrips had already been approved. As Yoda would say, always in motion the future is.
We hope this just means Disney and Lucasfilm creative executives just weren’t happy with the creative team and are still on board with the idea of a Kenobi series. We’d like to make sure the story is right before proceeding too.
Disney+ and Lucasfilm already have a good thing with Star Wars: The Mandalorian, which has a second season in the works right now, and have a second series featuring Cassian Clay that will lead up to the start of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
McGregor, who portrayed the contemplative Jedi Knight in the prequel trilogies, has been on board with a Kenobi series, but we’re sure a big star like him has limited window in their schedule. The series was also to be directed by Deborah Chow, whose stint directing The Mandalorian has made her a much indemand director.
We hope the Kenobi series gets back on track soon. Like Anakin, we were never good at that patience thing.