Lucasfilm’s Kenobi series isn’t outright cancelled but is reportedly on hold according to a report from Collider and crew members who had been assembled at Pinewood Studios UK have been told to go home (not the best sign before filming is about to begin) without being told when to expect to return to work.
Here is the meat of that report from Collider.
Two independent sources with knowledge of the situation tell Collider that the Obi-Wan series has been put on hold, as the crew that had assembled at Pinewood Studios in London was sent home. A timeframe was not given, but the crew was told that the show would be down “indefinitely.”
We’re hearing that Lucasfilm president and Obi-Wan producer Kathleen Kennedy was not happy with the scripts. Sources tell us that what will most likely happen next is the scripts will be reworked with the hopeful goal of reassembling this summer, but there’s always the possibility that that timeframe could shift.
We’ve also heard similar things from other outlets that have been tracking this exact story and who also didn’t take Lucasfilm/Disney at their word when multiple sites called/emailed reps for comment after online rumblings of the show being cancelled were circulated online.
Collider’s perspective is a lot more optimistic than one of the people we were talking to about the behind the scenes hiccups.
This likely means that Kenobi’s production starting in the summer is likely in jeopardy and depending on what Lucasfilm says here there is indeed a slim chance that series might not move forward at all.
The Kenobi series is being written by Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini and it remains to be seen if he’s still working on the fixes or will be replaced with someone else.
Ewan McGregor had been tapped to reprise the role of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, that takes on the alias of Ben Kenobi while on Tatooine projecting a young Luke Skywalker from being discovered by The Empire and his father Darth Vader.
The Mandalorian director Deborah Chow set to direct an unknown amount of episodes for the series.
This wouldn’t be the first hiccup for the project as it was originally set to be a feature film directed by Stephen Daldry but the project pivoted towards a Disney+ series instead after Daldry exited.
I guess we’ll have to wait to hear official word from Lucasfilm and the trades.
UDPATE: TheHollywoodReporter now states the Kenobi project has been scaled-back from six episodes to four. Also, the two scripts that had been written have be tossed as they are now seeking a new writer.
Sources tell THR that the scripts — only two were written — and story became an issue and that the entire package has been jettisoned. Lucasfilm is now on the hunt for a new writer to pen the series. At the same time, sources say the project is being reconfigured from six episodes to four.
It is unclear when the show will ramp up again, although insiders stress that McGregor remains attached to star and Chow remains on as director. Disney had no comment.