Star Wars fans were devastated when news broke that the planned Disney+ series following fan favorite, Obi-Wan Kenobi, had lost writer, Hossein Amini. This meant production was postponed. Amini had previously written screenplays for Ryan Gosling’s Drive and Kristen Stewart’s Snow White and the Huntsman, among other projects.
Now, the series has both a new working title, Pilgrim, and a new writer in Joby Harold! Variety magazine has confirmed that the John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum producer and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword writer will be replacing Amini.
Ewan McGregor, set to reprise his role as the beloved Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, has previously stated that he is excited about the series, which was previously titled simply Kenobi.
Following confirmation that the series had been put on hold, McGregor said, “They’re continuing to write on them [the scripts] to make them even better. I’m excited about it.” There has been no official word on how extensive Harold’s rewrites will be. The series director, Deborah Chow, is still set to participate in the project.
In January of this year, Collider reported that Lucasfilm executive Kathleen Kennedy was unhappy with the direction in which the script for the series was going. The cast and crew who had gathered to begin shooting at London’s Pinewood Studios were sent home and given no return date.
Collider’s original report stated, “Two independent sources with knowledge of the situation tell Collider that the Obi-Wan series has been put on hold…A timeframe was not given, but the crew was told that the show would be down “indefinitely.”
Now that Harold has taken the reigns, production will hopefully resume as soon as possible. Disney has halted filming on all current projects in light of current global health concerns. Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for further updates on the Disney+ Obi-Wan series, including when Pilgrim officially begins shooting.