Rumors have been circulating for some time now of issues on the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, but now it seems they’re real.
Originally announced last Aug., the long-rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi movie was moving to Disney Plus as a series. Then, just as everything seemed to be moving at last, reports began claiming the series was canceled this month. Almost as suddenly as those rumors appeared they were shot down by representatives for the series star, Ewan McGregor.
Now, according to sources speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, there are indeed some issues with the project.
Reportedly, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has sent all the crew home on indefinite hold as she is not happy with the scripts. Apparently, the scripts are being thrown out along with the writer, Hossein Amini. Currently, it appears the series will be shrunk from six episodes to four and a new writer will take over.
Deborah Chow remains attached as the director, and McGregor remains in place as the lead. Appearing at a Birds of Prey promotional event on Thursday night, McGregor told the Associated Press that the reports were not completely accurate and he felt the project start date had only been pushed back slightly.
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This is not necessarily the worst thing in the world. There are some reports that this happened with the upcoming Cassian Andor series and no one noticed. Additionally, we also have to remember the near-universal love that The Mandalorian just received. Considering how long fans have waited for an Obi-Wan Kenobi project, seeing it get reworked to improve it does not exactly fill us with fear.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this as we’re among the folks who are anxious to see Ewan McGregor back in this role.