THR is reporting that Lucasfilm has decided to delay the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series so they can work on more scripts. The show was already in pre-production and was beginning the screen testing process with hopeful cast members and Ewan McGregor.
The report said that only 2 scripts were written and Disney has chosen to start from scratch with a new writer, and supposedly shorten the series from 6 episodes to 4 episodes. One source mentioned that the reason for re-tooling the script was it was resembling The Mandalorian too much.
Both Ewan McGregor and Deborah Chow have remained on board. There were some rumors out there last week that McGregor had left, but it looks like that is untrue. McGregor even commented on the delay.
“It’s just slid to next year, that’s all. The scripts were really good. Now that Episode IX came out and everyone at Lucasfilm has got more time to spend on the writing, they felt they wanted more time to write the episodes.”
The show was supposed to shoot this summer, but it looks like they’ve pushed it until the start of next year.
I’m cool with this production taking its time. They obviously took some steps back before it went too far. I think Lucasfilm is starting to learn that rushing projects isn’t in their best interest. McGregor seems like he’s very gung-ho for the project too regardless of when it happens.