UPDATE: Ewan McGregor talks about the production delay! He says the release date of the show will not be affected! Click through for his statement!
IGN UK spoke to Ewan McGregor and he said this about the production delays:
“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.” McGregor said. “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. 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.”
Ewan McGregor also knows nothing about reducing the episodes to just 4 instead of 6.
Still, his comment, while much appreciated, raises the question why Lucasfilm only NOW has more time to spend on the writing after Episode IX. Wasn’t Hossein Amini the scriptwriter? Does Lucasfilm not have the manpower to develop a series and properly review the scripts and to produce/release a movie at the same time? What about the reports that Amini, the writer for the show, was fired? And if the writing was “really, really good” then why do they decide now to spend more time on it? When Kathleen Kennedy announced back in August 2019 at D23 that all the scripts were finished?
All that being said, it is indeed not uncommon for scripts to go through changes before a tv (streaming) show enters production, but if Amini was indeed removed that’s certainly not usual. Let’s all hope Ewan’s statement that the release date won’t be pushed back is true.
The original report from last night follows below!
The series is NOT cancelled, to make that clear. Kenobi had not begun filming yet and was in pre-production at Pinewood.
According to the exclusive article by Collider and a second article with addional info by The Hollywood Reporter Lucasfilm didn’t like the scripts and proposed story at all! So everything was jettisoned. Only two scripts were completed by Hossein Amini, the author hired to write the entire series, but they were found to be tonally to similar to The Mandalorian. Lucasfilm is looking for a new writer now, with Amini removed from the project!
It’s also reported that Kenobi may be scaled back from 6 to just 4 episodes.
A few months ago it was already reported that the Cassian Andor series is also having severe script issues and was either put on hold or delayed. Tony Gilroy was hired to sort out the Cassian Andor script issues. There has been no update since and we know next to nothing about this series.
Kenobi is now the second Star Wars Disney+ series with serious issues. Which means Lucasfilm is still plagued by troubled Star Wars productions. So we won’t get a Kenobi series any time soon. According to the information available at the moment pre-production on Kenobi may resume in the summer, so that’s probably at least a six month delay. At least everything is fine with The Mandalorian, season 2 is in production and the show will return later in 2020.
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