Kathleen Kennedy Calls for Rewrite of ‘Kenobi’ Disney+ Series Scripts Causing Delay in Production. Star Wars Fans have been buzzing since news broke that Ewan McGregor would return as Obi-Wan Kenobi for his own series on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+. The currently untitled Disney+ series will follow Obi-Wan Kenobi between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and will be directed by Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian).
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy went over the scripts for the series and was not pleased with the storyline. Kennedy has ordered a rewrite for the scripts which has now caused an “indeterminable” delay in production. Though many fans were distraught at the news, the series star and focus, Ewan McGregor encourages fans not to worry, that we will still get to see the series we are hoping for, and the series is still expected to begin shooting in January 2021, as previously scheduled.
“The scripts are really good. I saw 90% of the writing and I really liked it,” McGregor said. “All this bulls— about creative differences and all that stuff, none of it is true. We just pushed the dates … last episode, [Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker] came out, everyone had more time to read the stuff that had been written, and they felt that they wanted to do more work on it.”
McGregor continued, “So they slid the shoot. It’s not nearly as dramatic as it sounds online. I think they want to keep the same release date so it’s not really gonna affect the viewer in any way,” he said. “It just simply gives them more time to write and make the scripts even better.”
McGregor also debunked false reports of the series being cut from 6 episodes to 4 for the first season of the series. “I haven’t heard that,” McGregor told ComicBook.com when asked about the cut episodes.
The original concept of the series was actually slated to premiere as A Star Wars Story feature length film, but with the release of Disney+ and the raging success of The Mandalorian, it makes sense to retool the film into a series, which will allow us to go deeper into the story. Other concerns for the rewrite is that the original concept was too similarly structured to The Mandalorian, with Obi-Wan feeling the need to be protective of one young Luke Skywalker. It seems the series will re-shift the focus of the story to not just Obi-Wan’s sense of duty and responsibility for Luke, but may give insight to how Obi-Wan becomes known as Ben Kenobi within the franchise.
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