Poor “Star Wars” can’t catch a break when it comes to trouble-free productions. Collider broke the story that the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series has been put on hold at Lucasfilm.
Talk first emerged last week when crew at the UK’s Pinewood Studios, scheduled to start pre-production soon ahead of a shoot this summer, had been told the plug had been pulled and a timeframe for when things would be back up was not given. More specifically the crew were told that production is down ‘indefinitely’ at the moment.
THR further adds to it, saying only two scripts have been written and that the story became an issue. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was reportedly not happy with the scripts or story and a last-minute decision was made to halt pre-production and start anew.
So, the work done so far has been jettisoned and Lucasfilm is now on the hunt for a new writer to pen the series. At the same time, sources claim the series is also being reconfigured from a six to a four-episode run. This is a far cry fro last year when Kennedy herself said “we have all the scripts written”.
Part of the problem is that the Kenobi story was treading similar ground as “Mandalorian,” the Jedi master lending a protective hand to a young Luke akin to the way Mando took ‘Baby Yoda’ under his custody.
The disappointment of “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” has also played into things with the film’s bad reviews and status as the lowest-grossing film in the new trilogy getting Disney and Lucasfilm both concerned and perhaps over-reactionary.
The series was to star Ewan McGregor as the master Jedi who fought in the clone wars and spent some 18 years on Tatooine in secret, in the desert, quietly looking over a young Luke Skywalker until he came of age. Deborah Chow was slated to direct from scripts by Hossein Amini (“The Alienist”) – scripts that have now been junked with his replacement not yet set.
Obi-Wan could start shooting again in the Fall, but that’s not certain at this point. It certainly cuts off any possibility of the series arriving before mid-2021.
The news amusingly arrives the same day that “Star Trek: Picard” premieres, a TV series that sees the return of a beloved and respected British actor to one of his most iconic roles in a famed sci-fi franchise. Reviews for it so far have been very good with a 77/100 on Metacritic (compared to 69 for “The Mandalorian” and 54 for “Rise of Skywalker”).