Variety is reporting that the Kenobi production has brought Joby Harold on board as a writer, replacing Hossein Amini.
Harold, who was recently tapped to develop a new Transformers project with James Vanderbilt, recently signed a first look deal with Legendary Television. He’s served as an executive producer on Underground for WGN and Spinning Out for Netflix. He’s also been executive producer of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Robin Hood, and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
As a writer, Harold has worked on Army of the Dead, Awake, and King Arthur.
After years of speculation, Kathleen Kennedy and Ewan McGregor appeared on stage at Disney’s D23 event in the summer of 2019 and made it official: Lucasfilm and Disney were moving forward on a solo Obi-Wan Kenobi series. As part of the conversation, McGregor said, “Feels so nice! It’s been four years of saying, ‘Well I don’t know … we’ve been talking …maybe if they called me, I’d be happy.’ But now I can say— yes, we’re gonna do it.”
Kennedy said, “I’ll also tell you we are really close. We have all the scripts written. We are ready to start shooting next year, and we can’t wait to start production.”
However, the show hit a snag in January, as Collider reported that two sources told them the production had been put on hold, and that the crew assembled at Pinewood Studios had been released. And despite Kennedy’s statement about the scripts being complete, The Hollywood Reporter notes that only two had been finished. Officially, Amini has “departed” the project, although some rumors suggest he was dismissed.
During the press tour for Birds of Prey, McGregor waved off concerns that the production was delayed. He told THR, “It’s just slid to next year, that’s all. The scripts were really good,” adding, “Now that Episode IX came out and everyone at Lucasfilm has got more time to spend on the writing, they felt they wanted more time to write the episodes.”
There’s no official word whether Harold’s hiring will change the timetable for production on the series.
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