Bad news, young Padawans: The Obi-Wan series is being delayed

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., All Rights Reserved
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., All Rights Reserved /

Sorry, Star Wars fans: The highly anticipated Obi-Wan series on Disney Plus is reportedly being put on hold until the scripts can be reworked.

Star Wars fans eagerly awaiting another Disney Plus series after the success of The Mandalorian may be waiting a little longer to see the galaxy grace their small screens in a new way. Not long after rumors that the Obi-Wan series would be canceled were debunked, reports began coming in, claiming that the show was being put on hold indefinitely. Some outlets even claimed the crew was sent home.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the issues the show faces are mostly in regard to the scripts. Only two were written at the time the series was put on hold, but Lucasfilm is reportedly seeking out new writers to redraft the story. What, exactly, the specific problem with the scripts is remains unclear — but it seems Kathleen Kennedy and the other players at the company would rather perfect the story before heading into filming.

Of course, the news that the series would be delayed wasn’t greeted well by fans, many of whom feared that Ewan McGregor’s involvement with the project — or Deborah Chow’s role as one of the few female directors to helm a Star Wars project — would be in jeopardy. Luckily, McGregor himself eased some of these anxieties at a Birds of Prey press event on Thursday night, asserting that most of what was being reported about the series was being overdramatized and turned into “bulls**t.”

“We just pushed the shoot to the beginning of next year,” McGregor explained. “The scripts are really good. I saw 90 percent of the writing, and I really liked it.”

The actor also confirmed that the delay would probably not affect the release date for the show, and given that a timeline for the series was never confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm, it’s unlikely it would have made a noticeable difference for fans anyway. While we may wind up waiting a bit longer for the show, it seems those in charge are determined to release a good product — and unconcerned about the series taking a nosedive after the script dilemma.

With any luck, this development will only serve to improve the story, which will follow Obi-Wan after the events of Episode III and prior to the original trilogy. What exactly the young Jedi-in-hiding will be up to during his series is still unknown, but it seems his storyline could change with the scripts. Hopefully, this will be the last surprise the project sees for a while.

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The Obi-Wan series will reportedly now begin filming in 2021.