This was always meant to happen, from a certain point of view.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum producer Joby Harold has joined the staff of the Disney Obi-Wan Kenobi series as its new writer. He replaces Hossein Amini, who left the project in January as producers and the streaming services decided Amini’s story was a little too close in content to The Mandalorian. That is to say, it saw the exiled Jedi looking out for a young Luke Skywalker.
Star Ewan McGregor and director Deborah Chow — who directed The Mandalorian‘s third and seventh episodes — are still on board and, as THR reported back in January, the series will likely comprise a four-episode run.
And, to be honest, we’re glad the show is being reconfigured. Though there have been good stories of Obi-Wan protecting Luke — just look at certain issues of Jason Aaron‘s Star Wars comic book run — it is an obvious concept blunted by the success of The Mandalorian. Finding a story for the character outside of his Skywalker connection is more interesting and more difficult. It would be interesting to see “Old Ben” get into scrapes with Jabba the Hutt, Tusken Raiders, and maybe even go off world. Granted, those ideas are just about as obvious as centering a series on Obi-Wan guarding Luke, but at least they keep the Skywalker Saga out of the show; something these Star Wars spinoff should always strive to do.
It is unclear when the series might go into production, even without the worldwide pandemic to consider, but we’d presume the series is being eyed for a 2022 release.