People love making a big deal out of a lot of things. However, if one of those things is Star Wars, the internet likes to think any issues stem from the lack of support for the new film trilogy. One is not symptomatic of another. Of course, the internet is a digital version of your uncle that shoots down everything that you dream of doing, and then there is reality. Pre-production of the upcoming Obi-Wan Disney+ series has been placed on an indefinite hold.
According to sources, THR is citing that script issues are the reason for the shutdown. When you deal with Hollywood, it is usually the script that stops projects from continuing. Word is that Disney and Lucasfilm has dismissed Hossein Amini from writing and are reportedly going back to one. Not only that, but the series has been reconfigured from six episodes down to four.
While Ewan McGregor and director Deborah Chow remain onboard, it is still unclear why the story was jettisoned. The story suggested that the Kenobi story trod similar ground as The Mandalorian, seeing the Jedi master lending a protective hand to a young Luke and possible even a young Leia, perhaps mirroring how the Mandalorian took Baby Yoda under his protective custody.
There were some rumor last week that the project was canceled, which was carried by no reputable site. However, some sites are claiming that the lackluster box office, which still crossed $1 billion, might have put the project in doubt is silly. The massive success of The Mandalorian is a perfect example that there is still life in the franchise and maybe smaller television shows are the way to go.
While the internet is anxious to kill the franchise, and put the blame on Kathleen Kennedy, there is more life in the franchise than they think. Not to mention that simply not liking the head is not enough reason to wish it die. It is important to note that things like this happen all the time in the business, but because it happened on a Star Wars project, everyone wants to begin setting the boat on fire for the Viking funeral.