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Last week, there were rumblings across the internet suggesting that Lucasfilm’s Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series was in trouble. Rumors claimed that the show, which was being developed for the Disney+ streaming service, was cancelled. Or that star Ewan McGregor reprising his role from the Star Wars prequel trilogy had left. However, the truth is now out there and while it certainly sounds like the show has suffered a major setback, it also sounds like Lucasfilm is determined to course correct.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series has been shut down, albeit temporarily, so the scripts can be completely rewritten.
Collider and The Hollywood Reporter both have stories about what’s going on, and /Film can independently confirm the accuracy of both reports via our own sources. The exact specifics remain under lock and key, but we do know that the crew assembled for the series has been let go, sets have struck, and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy is going back to the drawing board for the overall story of the series. Interestingly, it sounds like one goal of the script overhauls is to shorten the series’ length from six episodes to four.
The silver lining here is that McGregor and director Deborah Chow who helmed two of the best episodes of The Mandalorian are still on board. No longer on board is screenwriter Hossein Amini, whose work is reportedly being completely thrown out, with Lucasfilm starting from scratch with a new writer. Collider reports that the hopeful goal is for production to begin this summer, with THR adding that the original scripts sounded a bit too…well, familiar:
One source said the Kenobi story treaded similar ground as Mandalorian, seeing the Jedi master lending a protective hand to a young Luke and perhaps even a young Leia, perhaps mirroring how the Mandalorian took Baby Yoda under his protective custody.
While news like this is frustrating for Star Wars fans, surely they’re getting used to drama behind the scenes. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story underwent massive reshoots. Solo: A Star Wars Story saw its original directors fired late in production and replaced with Ron Howard. Director Colin Trevorrow left the film that would eventually become Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker after turning in several drafts of his script.
At the very least, we can take solace in knowing that the current goal is not to scrap the Obi-Wan series, but to save it. We’ll let you know more as we learn it.
Last week, Hasbro celebrated Star Wars Fan Appreciation Day, because every single day is a new chance for the population at large to be marketed to by major corporations. Thankfully, we’re Star Wars fans, and the announcement of new Star Wars Black Series figures is an exciting one, especially when they include a new version of The Mandalorian in Beskar armor, the respected Admiral Ackbar, a fierce Ewok warrior, and a slick carbonized version of a beloved character from The Empire Strikes Back.The Mandalorian Black Series Action Figure
Just before The Mandalorian arrived on Disney+, the first wave of merchandising from the live-action Star Wars series arrived in stores along with the first action figures from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But it seemed Hasbro didn’t properly anticipate demand for the Black Series figures associated with the series, because nearly all of them have been extremely difficult to find, especially Mando himself. But hopefully that will change with this new version of the bounty hunter.
Unlike the first version of The Mandalorian Black Series figure, this one comes with shiny new Beskar armor. It’s a much cleaner version of the character, and he still comes with all the appropriate weaponry. Unfortunately, there’s no two-pack that comes with The Child known as Baby Yoda, but you can still buy the little guy separately.#gallery-3 #gallery-3 .gallery-item #gallery-3 img #gallery-3 .gallery-caption /* see gallery_shortcode in wp-includes/media.php */ Admiral Ackbar and Teebo Join the Black Series
Two characters from Return of the Jedi are getting their due diligence as Black Series figures. Admiral Ackbar joins the line, looking like his back has been seriously injured in the promotional photo above. Meanwhile, the Ewok known as Teebo is clearly not in the mood for dealing with any Stormtrooper crap, so don’t mess with that dude.#gallery-4 #gallery-4 .gallery-item #gallery-4 img #gallery-4 .gallery-caption /* see gallery_shortcode in wp-includes/media.php */ New Carbonized Boba Fett and Stormtrooper
Finally, after first being introduced on Triple Force Friday last fall, the carbonized variant line of Black Series figures is getting two new additions this year, and they should be infinitely easier to find than that initial wave, especially since they’re both available for pre-order over at Big Bad Toy Store right now.
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Joby Harold has reportedly been tapped to write the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi “Star Wars” series on Disney+. Variety reported that Harold will take over writing duties on the mysterious series from Hossein Amini, who exited the show in January. Sources close to production confirmed Variety's report with IndieWire.
Few details are known about the upcoming Obi-Wan series, though prequel trilogy star Ewan McGregor is confirmed to reprise his role as the beloved Jedi. Deborah Chow, who directed two of the best episodes of “The Mandalorian,” will direct the Obi-Wan series.
Harold most recently executive produced “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.” Whether this means that McGregor's Obi-Wan will have the unique pleasure of killing a Stormtrooper with a pencil remains to be seen, but Harold also served as an executive producer on “Edge of Tomorrow” and wrote Zack Snyder's upcoming “Army of the Dead” Netflix zombie film, which is scheduled to release this winter.
The upcoming Obi-Wan series will mark Harold's first TV writing credit.
While Harold's hiring indicates that work on the Obi-Wan series is progressing, the news follows what has been a rocky few months for the highly-anticipated project. The series reportedly suffered from script issues in January and crew were allegedly told that the series had been indefinitely delayed. It is unclear how drastically current events — which have disrupted wide swaths of the entertainment industry — will impact work on the Obi-Wan series.
The Obi-Wan series isn't the only Disney+ project that has suffered from behind-the-scenes turmoil: Production on Hilary Duff's “Lizzie McGuire” revival was halted in February, and Duff indicated that Disney was reluctant to allow the series to explore mature elements.
The untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series is one of several “Star Wars” television shows that will exclusively stream on Disney+. The House of Mouse's platform hit the ground running with its “Mandalorian” tentpole, which is expected to release its second season in October. Filming on that series has already wrapped and its release date is not expected to be impacted by current events.
Disney+ is also working on a live-action Cassian Andor series, which will center on Diego Luna's character from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” The platform is also streaming the seventh and final season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”