Star Wars: Disney Plus’ Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off currently on hold

The eagerly awaited Star Wars spin-off featuring Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi is going back to the drawing board once again. 

There has been a great disturbance in the Force. Despite confirmation that Ewan McGregor would be back in his Jedi robes once again, the Disney+ spin-off about Obi-Wan Kenobi remains elusive. Reports from Deadline state that the show has ‘been paused’ due to some behind-the-scenes changes.

While McGregor remains on as the lead, and fan-favorite director Deborah Chow is still on board, Hossein Amini is not attached to write the show any longer. The showrunners are currently shopping for more scripts.

Ever since McGregor stole hearts across the galaxy in the prequel trilogy, a solo Obi-Wan Kenobi venture has been highly anticipated by fans. The standalone Star Wars story film series was supposed to see the return of the character, but the lackluster response and box office returns of Solo: A Star Wars Story scuppered those plans. The announcement of a Disney+ spin-off series was exactly what fans had been waiting for.

Disney launched its own streaming service in Fall 2019 with The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series. The show became an instant hit and has been renewed for a second season which will air later this year. Given the success of The Mandalorian and the return of the much-loved Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated show for its final season, the expectation was that production on the Obi-Wan Kenobi show would be smooth-sailing. But there have been some rumblings about creative issues in the news and now those seem to have been confirmed.

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Production on the show was scheduled to begin in summer this year and could still go ahead as planned if the correct scripts are found. As much as we would love to see Obi-Wan Kenobi back in the flesh, subpar writing would undermine all the efforts by the production team and would be a disservice to fans. The reason for The Mandalorian’s success was down to some episodes being written and directed with a refreshing new outlook. Since we’ve waited this long to see the Jedi Master’s adventures on Tatooine, we can wait a little longer.

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