Delayed Until 2021
It’s being reported that Obi-Wan Kenobi, the upcoming Star Wars spin-off TV series, is being delayed until 2021.
Production on the new show, which will come to streaming service Disney+, was originally set to begin this year, but star Ewan McGregor has now revealed that work on the show is being pushed back to 2021 due to the show’s writer being replaced.
Speaking at a Birds Of Prey promo event in Los Angeles, McGregor said –
“It’s just slid to next year, that’s all,”
“The scripts were really good. I think now that Episode IX came out and everyone at Lucasfilm’s got more time to spend on the writing, they felt like they wanted more time to spend on the writing.”
“I’ve read about eighty, ninety percent of what they’ve written so far, and it’s really, really good. Instead of shooting this August, they just want to start shooting in January, that’s all. Nothing more dramatic than that.”
According to reports, the upcoming series’ scripts were a bit too similar to that of Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian. Lucasfilm and Disney+ are now reportedly looking for a new writer despite president Kathleen Kennedy stating that the scripts were finished during an appearance at the D23 Expo last summer.
Regarding the changes, McGregor says it’s not as “dramatic” as fans could assume –
“I didn’t realise until we got here tonight and everybody is going, ‘Oh, my god! But it’s not really as dramatic as it might seem.”
“It often happens in projects, they just wanted to push it to next year. It will have the same release date, I don’t think it will affect the release date. They’re still shooting towards having the film [show] release when it was going to be originally.”
The new spin-off series follows The Mandalorian onto Disney+ streaming service which debuted last year. The Favreau-directed series has recently been renewed for a second season.