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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Delay: Why The Disney Plus ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Series Is On Hold

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Obi-Wan Kenobi is the latest Disney Plus project that’s on hold. TV Shows Ace reported that Lizzie McGuire is on hold ever since its showrunner left the reboot. In addition, the Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner is also on hold due to MCU’s future. Now Obi-Wan Kenobi has a delay even though star Ewan McGregor is positive that the cast and crew will be back to work soon.

The new series will center around Kenobi, who’s a Jedi master. It will take place before the events unfold in the Star Wars films. McGregor plays the role of the young Kenobi in his early years as a Jedi. Learn the reasons why this series is on hold.

Disney Plus series is similar to ‘The Mandalorian’

Obi-Wan Kenobi has already drawn similarities to a Disney Plus hit. As per Screen Rant, one of the biggest reasons behind the delay was that the script too similar to The Mandalorian. This show became a runway hit all because of its beloved character The Child, also known as Baby Yoda.

Fans love that this series brings an authentic quality to the fantasy universe, and introduces new characters into the mix. It’s obvious that Disney wants to replicate that success. But basing one series off another one is not a good idea. Instead, Disney Plus should focus on creating a new Star Wars story with unique characters that fans will fall in love with.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is now four episodes

The episode count dropped from six to four episodes. The Hollywood Reporter provided more details about what the future holds for this series. According to their sources, Disney plans is to tell the story in four episodes instead of the original six-episode that they originally announced. Not only that, but each episode will be approximately 30 minutes rather than an hour.

Despite these changes, McGregor is having the time of his life filming the series and will remain dedicated to working on this project, as evidenced in his interview with USA Today. In addition, The Mandalorian’s Deborah Chow will continue to direct the series, as long as it’s not similar to its predecessor. They just have to look for new writers to make that happen.

Kathleen Kennedy isn’t happy with the script

As Collider reported, Disney Plus may shut down production “indefinitely,” which is different from a temporary halt. Cast and crew had to leave the set early. Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, didn’t like the script. She feels that more work needs to be done before production resumes.

It’s clear that there’s something wrong with Disney Plus’ series of projects. It seems like producers and writers can’t seem to get along due to creative differences. The Obi-Wan Kenobi series was in the middle of pre-production when it was halted.

This news comes after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was met with mixed reaction. Disney’s relationship with Lucasfilm has been complicated ever since it began. Since The Rise of the Skywalker was that last film in the Skywalker saga, Disney and Lucasfilm have to come to an agreement on the future of the Star Wars franchise. The constant delays and disappointments have been frustrating for Star Wars fans.

What are your thoughts on Obi-Wan Kenobi being delayed? Do you have hope for this new series? Sound off below in the comments section.

Chanel Adams

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