Disney+ ‘Star Wars: Obi-Wan’ Series Delayed A Little But Not Cancelled According To Ewan McGregor
You may have seen some rumours flying about recently about the upcoming Disney+ ‘Star Wars’ series ‘Obi-Wan‘ being cancelled. These are not true, however, the shooting of it has been delayed a little according to star Ewan McGregor, although this shouldn’t affect the release date.
The new series sees Ewan McGregor return to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for the streaming service in a drama set eight years after the events of ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith’. The show was originally planned to shoot in Summer 2020, but filming has been moved back to January 2021 whilst the make some script changes. “Why?”, you may ask. Well, according to the star, it has nothing to do with “creative differences”, and more to do with ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’.
Speaking to a press event for the upcoming ‘Birds Of Prey’ movie (in which he plays Black Mask), McGregor commented: “All this bulls*** about creative differences and all that stuff is, none of it true. We just pushed the dates. Episode IX came out, everyone had more time to read the stuff that had been written, and they felt that they wanted to do more work on it. So they slid the shoot. It’s not nearly as dramatic as it sounds online.”
He also goes on to say that the change in shooting time should not affect the release date. “We start shooting in January ,” he comments. “I think they want to keep the same release date so it’s not really gonna affect the viewer in any way. It just simply gives them more time to write, make the scripts even better.”
Initial reports stated that whilst ‘The Mandalorian’s Deborah Chow will be staying on as director, writer Hossein Amini (‘The Alienist’, ‘McMafia’) had left the project, which is where the “creative differences” story comes from. However, McGregor himself says “The scripts are really good. I saw 90% of the writing and I really liked it.” So whether they will just tweak Amini’s scripts, or go in a totally different direction remains to be seen.
We’ll bring you more as we get it, but in the meantime, Disney+ launches in the UK & Ireland on Tuesday, 24th March 2020 when Star Wars fans will be able to catch for the first time (legally anyway!) both ‘The Mandalorian’ and the final season of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’.
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