It’s still happening.
While the past week has been filled with conflicting reports about the status of Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series, but leading man Ewan McGregor has set the record straight.
During a press interview with the actor at the Harleywood media event, McGregor spoke at length about his upcoming role in Birds of Prey, but his attention was turned to a galaxy far, far away, when GameSpot’s Michael Rougeau asked him about the status of the long-awaited Obi-Wan series.
“Yeah, we just pushed the shoot to the beginning of next year,” McGregor said. “The scripts are really good. I saw 90% of the writing. There was all this bulls*** about [there] being creative differences and all that stuff. None of it true; they just pushed the dates.”
“Episode IX came out, everyone had more time to read the stuff that had been written, and they felt like they wanted to do more work on it, so they slid the shoot. Not nearly as dramatic as it sounds online.”
So, it sounds as if this delay could prove to be a good thing for the series, as the team seem to be taking into account the general reaction to Rise of Skywalker, and adjusting their work to a higher standard.
McGregor continued, “We’re shooting to film next year. Starting shooting in January and I think they want to keep the same release date, so it’s not really gonna affect the viewer anyway. … It gives them more [time to] write, make the scripts even better, so that’s good.”
The series was originally supposed to be a feature film to be directed by Stephen Daldry, and has been in development for quite some time. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, creative executives were concerned that the current scripts felt a little too similar to The Mandalorian, and allegedly focused on the Jedi Master protecting a young Luke (or perhaps Leia) from falling into the hands of the Empire.
The report also states that they have also reduced the episode order from six to four while they look for a new writer to take over.
Given the critical reaction to Episode IX, it’s understandable that Disney would be cautious of rushing into a project that centres on such a beloved character, and risk fan disappointment, especially when we’ve waited so long for the project to come to fruition.
More news on Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series when we have it.