Yesterday came the news that the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+ was being put on indefinite hold.
Reports from numerous outlets suggested that only two scripts of the six-episode run had been written and that Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy wasn’t happy with it creatively and pulled the plug. The work that had been done so far was going to be thrown out and completely retooled.
As a result, staff at Pinewood Studios were told about the indefinite delay and it looked like the series may even be shortened to just four episodes.
Now, Golden Globe winner Ewan McGregor has addressed the issue whilst out doing early press for “Birds of Prey”. The Scottish actor spoke with The Wrap on Thursday night and summarily shot down the reports citing creative differences as to why production has been delayed on the new prequel spinoff series:
“We just pushed the shoot to the beginning of next year. The scripts are really good. I saw 90% of the writing and I really liked it. All this bulls— about creative differences and all that stuff is, none of it true.
We just pushed the dates, they want – [the] last episode Episode IX just came out, everyone had more time to read the stuff that had been written, and they felt that they wanted to do more work on it. So they slid the shoot. It’s not nearly as dramatic as it sounds online.”
McGregor further clarifies that the delay is probably not going to impact the show’s original scheduled release date”
“The show start shooting in January. I think they want to keep the same release date so it’s not really gonna affect the viewer in any way. It just simply gives them more time to write, make the scripts even better.”
McGregor offered similar comments to the Associated Press which you can see below. The new series will take place eight years after the events of ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and will be directed by Deborah Chow.