Published: Fri, January 24, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Series Put on Hold and Undergoing Major Rewrites

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Series Put on Hold and Undergoing Major Rewrites

The series - which reportedly started as an idea for a standalone movie - have been written by Hossein Amini (who penned the movie Drive) and director Deborah Chow (who did a great job on The Mandalorian). Collider has the initial scoop on the unexpected news, writing that two independent sources have revealed to the outlet that crew members on the series were sent home: "A timeframe was not given, but the crew was told that the show would be down 'indefinitely'". "I think we have the same - We're airing on the same day and all that stuff".

Yes, these type of news stories are always a bummer and we've been waiting for an Obi-Wan series since woolly mammoths roamed the planet, but hear me out. Then, at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA a year ago, McGregor took the stage alongside Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy to confirm that he would indeed don the Jedi robes once more in an original series for the Disney+ streaming service.

The limited series, which is set eight years following Revenge of the Sith, is not being cancelled but is being reconfigured and reduced from 6 episodes to just 4.

The executive asked: "Ewan, are you going to play Obi-Wan Kenobi again?"

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"The scripts are really, really good". 'But it's not really as dramatic as it might seem'. Apparently, Lucasfilm president (and Obi-Wan producer) Kathleen Kennedy was unhappy with the screenplays and wants them to be reworked before hopefully reassembling in the summer of 2020. That said, I wouldn't panic over the delay, as the Obi-Wan Kenobi series should remain a priority for the Mouse House, especially with Ewan McGregor attached to return.

"I didn't realize until we got here tonight and everybody is going, 'Oh, my god!'" he added.

McGregor further clarified that the production delay was due to the Lucasfilm executives ultimately deciding to make additional polishes to the upcoming series. You could argue that The Mandalorian was the critical success that Disney Plus needed on the launch pad to get the ship to orbit.

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