Like many Star Wars fans, I really want to see an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film. Ewan McGregor is one of my favorite actors, and I'd love to see McGregor tearing it up on Tatooine sometime soon. He has expressed interest in the past, but Disney isn't making any official comment yet.
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If this does happen, I hope Disney gets it right. Here are five ideas that might create a great #ObiWan standalone film.
1. Hire A Director Who Can Balance Character And Action
The #StarWars prequels featuring McGregor were famously slammed (despite his acclaimed performance) for lacking depth in favor of spectacle, so the onus would be on the filmmaker to give McGregor's Obi-Wan the movie he deserves.
We know he can deliver the drama:
What I love about Gareth Evans is how he is able to direct brilliant action set pieces and create memorable characters. I can name pretty much all the characters in The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2, and that is rare for action movies featuring an ensemble cast. If Evans did decide to direct, he would bring in his hardcore fans and surely create something epic for Obi-Wan.
I also think Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter) or Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room, Blue Ruin) would be great options too.
2. Keep The Budget In Check
There is no need to make the film for over $100 million. Keep the desert locations sparse and the effects practical. It worked for Mad Max: Fury Road, and this doesn't need to match the scale of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Evans directed The Raid 2 for $4.5 million dollars and managed to create a beautiful epic that looked more expensive than most CGI-fests. I say give him less than $100 million and let his action choreographers Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian create something special. Check out this amazing fight and you will want to see more:
3. Open Up The Tatooine World
Who wouldn't love to see more of the characters established in A New Hope? I'd love to see some more of the Jawas, Sand People and various bounty hunters. We know the world, so it would be easy to jump into the narrative without too much explanation. There is a lot to explore on Tatooine and I know people want to see the world expanded (check out the recent comics).
4. Don't Leave It On A Cliffhanger
Let the movie have a beginning, middle and end. Don't plan on eight sequels, instead bring the movie to a neat conclusion. There can be room to grow, but I've always felt like movies get in trouble when they plan too far in advance. Test the water with a clean, 90-minute film. If audiences like it, there will be another.
What do you think about these four steps? Who would you like to see direct? Would you like to see an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film in the first place? Let me know in the comments.