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The Disney Plus Obi-Wan Kenobi series is on hold. Here’s why

Rumors from the last few weeks were recently confirmed. The show is on hold.

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‘The Mandalorian’ showrunner Jon Favreau isn’t involved in the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ project.

Rumors about a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff film began back when Disney announced it would have one-off “Star Wars” films.

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The Disney Plus project centered around Obi-Wan Kenobi has been put on hold, according to multiple reports.

What happened: Disney Plus and Lucasfilm have tabled the Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars series so they can retool it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

  • The series was in preproduction and reportedly screening test actors to star alongside Ewan McGregor.
  • The crew, which had assembled at Pinewood Studios in London, were sent home, according to Collider.
  • Social media rumors popped up last week that the show was being canceled.

Why: Unnamed sources told THR that the show was tabled because the scripts weren’t where Lucasfilm wanted them to be.

  • The show is also being remade into a four-episode season instead of six.
  • It’s unclear when production will continue.
  • According to Collider, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy wasn’t happy with the scripts.
  • THR: “It is unclear why scripts became an issue so late in the process. One source said the Kenobi story trod similar ground as ‘The Mandalorian, seeing the Jedi master lending a protective hand to a young Luke and possible even a young Leia, perhaps mirroring how the Mandalorian took Baby Yoda under his protective custody.”

Yes, but: McGregor told ComicBook.com the series was delayed for a year and there’s nothing more than that.

  • McGregor (via ComicBook.com): “It just slipped to next year, that’s all. The scripts are really good. I think that so now that Episode IX came out and everyone at Lucasfilm’s got more time to look to spend on the writing, they felt like they wanted more time to write the episodes. I read about 80-90% of what they’ve written so far and it’s really, really good. And instead of shooting this August, they just want to start shooting in January, that’s all. It’s nothing more dramatic than that. It often happens in projects, they just wanted to push it to next year.”

The road: The Obi-Wan Kenobi series has had a tumultuous path to creation. Reports suggested for years that Disney was planning a spinoff film centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi but nothing ever came of it.

  • At the D23 Expo this year, Kennedy and McGregor revealed the news, according to Polygon. McGregor had previously denied a project was coming.
  • McGregor: “Yes. I am playing Obi-Wan Kenobi. It feel so nice to say.”