“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror.” Disney +’s Obi-Wan standalone series has been put on hold indefinitely. Following the immense critical success of The Mandalorian, the series centering the Jedi Master in exile is arguably the streaming service’s most anticipated project.
According to Collider, which was then confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, the Obi-Wan series has been put on hold, as the crew that had assembled at Pinewood Studios in London was sent home. A timeframe was not given, but the crew was told that the show would be down “indefinitely.”
Sources informed Collider that Lucasfilm president and Obi-Wan producer Kathleen Kennedy was not happy with the scripts. According to THR, insider stressed that Ewan McGregor remains attached to star and Deborah Chow remains on as director.
Considering Kennedy’s track record with the franchise, Obi Wan’s delay continues a disturbing trend that has been plaguing Lucasfilm. Rogue One was rewritten and reworked during filming, with Tony Gilroy brought on board to reshoot most of the third act, even deeming the entire project a “terrible troubled mess”. On top of that, Solo: A Star Wars Story garnered major media attention when directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller notably exited in the middle of production, with Ron Howard coming in to take over directing duties.
Despite the success of The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan’s delay comes fresh off the heels of the disappointing reception for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the third and final film in Lucasfilm’s new sequel trilogy. Not only has the concluding chapter in the Star Wars trilogy earned the worst critical reception of any Star Wars movie thus far, it’s on pace to be the lowest grossing film in the sequel trilogy.
Last August, McGregor surprised Star Wars fans by walking out onstage at D23 to confirm that he would be the beloved Jedi Master once again. The actor last played the role in 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.