Bad news, young padawans. Production has placed the upcoming Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi series on hold.
According to Collider, the production crew assembled at Pinewood Studios in London were recently sent home indefinitely, allegedly so that the team could continue to work on the scripts before filming the series. Production is now pushed to start shooting in 2021.
The series has stepped back into development for script rewrites that will be of higher standard to Lucasfilm president and series producer Kathleen Kennedy. Rewrites have previously delayed Star Wars projects like Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story, so it’s no surprise Kennedy would rather play it safe than plan for reshoots.
Ewan McGregor, ever the consoling voice of comfort and Obi-Wan himself, told fans the situation was not as dramatic as it seemed. “The scripts are really, really good. They want to make them better,” he told Entertainment Tonight at a Birds of Prey event. “They just slid the production to shooting next year.”
Deborah Chow will still direct the series as Lucasfilms’ first female director. Chow earned the gig after proving her skills on the directing testing grounds of The Mandalorian, which is prepping for season 2 after a successful debut.