Deborah Chow is no stranger to the Star Wars universe. Having directed some of the best episodes of ‘The Mandalorian’ for Disney+, it seemed pure sense to name her the sole director of the entire ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ series.
In terms of tackling two strands of the same universe, Chow has recently opened up on the difference between the two.
‘It’s definitely going to be different, just in terms of the sheer workload, obviously, of doing the whole thing,’ Chow explained in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. ‘But in some ways, I’m going to miss having a team, and having people who are there to bounce ideas off of. But then obviously the flip side is, it is nice to have a coherent voice and know what you’re doing from beginning to end.’
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As well as Chow, ‘The Mandalorian’ saw episodes directed bu huge talents. The list includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Dave Filoni and Taika Waititi, to name a few.
Chow explained how the directors actually worked together: ‘It was an interesting experience because we were in there so early. I was there two and a half months ahead and we pre-vised everything going in. So as a result, what was really interesting was that all the directors got to really know each other because we’d all be doing pre-vis or prep, as opposed to traditional TV, where you maybe just overlap a little bit with somebody and you’re ships passing in the night. We actually started, in a lot of ways, leaning on each other and collaborating to figure out things like movement, like, ‘How are we defining this character by movement?; It was almost like a team, which I have never been part of.’
Not much is known currently about the ‘Obi-Wan’ series. It will debut on Disney+ and Ewan McGregor will reprise his role from the Star Wars prequel films.