Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off put on hold ‘after Disney+ clash with The Mandalorian’ – The Sun

STAR Wars fans will be disappointed to hear that the Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off may arrive later than expected due to alleged conflicts with  Disney+ hit, The Mandalorian.

According to reports, the upcoming series' scripts were a bit too similar to that of the space western show – which was created by Jon Favreau.

The Hollywood Reporter claims one source said the Obi-Wan spin-off would see the Jedi Master helping a young Luke Skywalker and possibly a young Princess Leia, which could be seen as being too similar to The Mandalorian protecting Baby Yoda.

The insider added that two scripts had already been written and actors were starting to be screen tested alongside the star of the show, Ewan McGregor.

It's also been reported that the series will  be downsized from six episodes to just four.

While Disney chose not to comment on the news, McGregor brushed off the reports and told US website IGN that such delays are fairly common.

"It’s just slid to next year, that’s all," he said, speaking at a Birds of Prey media event.

"The scripts were really good. I think now that Episode IX came out and everyone at Lucasfilm's got more time to spend on the writing, they felt like they wanted more time to spend on the writing."

He continued: "I’ve read about eighty, ninety percent of what they’ve written so far, and it’s really, really good. Instead of shooting this August, they just want to start shooting in January, that's all. Nothing more dramatic than that.

"It often happens in projects, they just wanted to push it to next year. It will have the same release date, I don’t think it will affect the release date. They're still shooting towards having the film [show] release when it was going to be originally."

Lucasfilm is said to be looking for a new writer to breathe life into the highly-anticipated series, despite president Kathleen Kennedy stating that the scripts were finished during an appearance at the D23 Expo last summer.

At the event last August, McGregor shocked fans when he walked out on stage and revealed he would be returning to his role as the Jedi Knight once more.

The 48-year-old last brandished a lightsaber in 2005's Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

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