There was a great disturbance in the Force recently when it seemed the Obi-Wan Kenobi show being produced for Disney+ was in danger of being sent to the garbage chute. Luckily, Ewan McGregor, who is set to reprise his role as the famed Jedi in the series, came in and set the record straight. Things have been delayed, yes, but not scrapped. However, the Star Wars project is in need of a new writer and it looks like a couple of people who helped make The Mandalorian such a success are on Lucasfilm's radar for the job.
According to a new report, Dave Filoni and Christopher Yost are in line to possibly write the Obi-Wan series. No decisions have been made yet, but original writer Hossein Amini is no longer attached to the show. Disney and Lucasfilm want to overhaul the scripts and, while it's not explicitly stated, it would seem Amini's scripts weren't up to snuff. With that, the studio is looking to turn to some proven storytellers in a galaxy far, far away, which makes a great deal of sense.
Hardcore Star Wars fans are likely very aware of Dave Filoni. He worked side by side with George Lucas in creating The Clone Wars animated series, which has since become a beloved pillar of the franchise. Filoni is also behind Star Wars Rebels, which is one of the best-reviewed and well-liked things produced during the Disney era of Lucasfilm. Filoni also worked closely with Jon Favreau on The Mandalorian, writing one episode and directing two, including the debut episode. Filoni, it could be argued, is one of the greatest Star Wars minds we have today and, in some ways, is/was the heir apparent to Lucas.
Christopher Yost is an extremely experienced screenwriter as well, having worked on a host of Marvel shows such as Wolverine and the X-Men and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, as well as the beloved Thor: Ragnarok. On the Star Wars side of things, he's penned several episodes of The Clone Wars and wrote episode six of The Mandalorian. Yost has done a lot of good work for Disney over the years and the studio has every reason to have faith in his abilities.
Deborah Chow, who directed two episodes of The Mandalorian, is still on board to direct the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. According to Ewan McGregor, they are looking to start production early next year, which means we likely won't see it until late 2021, if not early 2022. Given that the scripts are being overhauled, any rumors or alleged plot details we had heard previously should be disregarded. Be that as it may, the show is still happening and, with any luck, Lucasfilm will be able to get things back on track. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via Variety.