Last week, a rumor made the rounds that the Obi-Wan series for Disney + was canceled. That may have been an exaggeration and many brushed off the rumor, but it now seems that the series is definitely on hold, for now.
Collider reports that LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy has delayed production on the highly anticipated streaming series about the popular Jedi that trained both Anakin and Luke Skywalker. The crew for the series assembled at Pinewood Studios in London and were told to go home after being informed that production on the show would be delayed indefinitely and this information seems to be backed up by THR.
Obi-Wan Script Rewrites
Apparently Kennedy wasn’t very happy with the scripts for the show and the goal is to rework them to get Obi-Wan shooting this summer. That’s the goal anyways. Depending on how long it takes to rewrite the scripts to Kennedy’s liking, the timetable for shooting could shift. According to reports, it seems that the story was set to focus on Obi-Wan offering a guiding hand to a young Luke. However, this storyline may have been too similar to plot of The Mandalorian.
This seems like the right move for the studio, as they’re coming off a mixed reception to the final episode of the Skywalker saga, The Rise of Skywalker. During the Disney era, production for Star Wars films has been riddled with problems. Tony Gilroy lead the reshoots on Rogue One, which resulted in the third act being drastically rewritten and reworked. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s departure from Solo: A Star Wars Story was very public with Ron Howard taking over a good portion of the film. Also, Colin Trevorrow was fired from Episode IX before cameras even started rolling, with Kathleen Kennedy also unhappy with the direction of that film.
Ewan McGregor and showrunner Deborah Chow are still onboard for the project, but now it seems the series will be shorter with the new changes. It’s believed that Obi-Wan will now be clipped to four episodes, instead of the six that was previously announced. We’ll keep you updated with any new information on Obi-Wan. Do you think the delay of Obi-Wan is a sign of bigger problems for Star Wars? Leave a message in the comments below.