Since the announcement that Disney would be following DC’s step into the direct-to-consumer streaming service, we have had confirmation that several new Star Wars series would be in development including a series from Jon Favreau, and a rumored Boba Fett series among them.
Lucasfilm also recently announced a new animated series taking place just before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens titled Star Wars Resistance, which seems to have an anime-inspired look and is set to debut this Fall.
Setting The Stage
Disney’s collaborations with Favreau extend back a decade when he helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe as director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and as an executive producer of the Iron Man and Avengers films for Marvel Studios. For Disney, he directed and produced the massively successful The Jungle Book, which won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking visual effects. He is currently in production on Disney’s highly-anticipated reimagining of The Lion King, set for release in 2019.
Favreau previously told Nerdist that the series will take place seven years after the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. Favreau also stated that the show will feature all new characters, and use cutting-edge CGI and motion capture technology similar to his The Jungle Book and The Lion King movies.
Favreau is no stranger to the Star Wars galaxy having voiced the Mandalorian Pre Vizsla in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and as the CG creature Rio Durant in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Series Title and Plot Synopsis Revealed
Now, the two series previously mentioned seems to be one in the same as yesterday Jon Favreau took to Instagram to confirm that the Star Wars series he’s been developing for Disney would officially be titled ‘The Mandalorian’.
The Instagram post also includes a plot description in the resemblance of a classic Star Wars opening scroll. The synopsis read, “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe,” Favreau said in his post. “The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”
Though the most well known Mandalorians are Jango and Boba Fett, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series provided more insight into the Mandalorian culture. The Clone Wars featured multiple storylines centered around the planet and its eventual siege, and Star Wars Rebels saw the planet’s rescue from the Empire thanks to Sabine of Clan Wren and Bo-Katan.
Today, Disney and Lucasfilm released the first official look of the Mandalorian spoken of by Favreau in costume. While the actor has yet to be revealed, and no indication can be detected here, this and recent set photos of the sets, signal the start of production and the hype train is off to the races. We can surely expect to see steady development updates going forward, and continue to get a better grasp of what to expect from the final product.
All-Star Direction and Production
In addition, the directors for the series have been officially announced included Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) who will be directing the first episode. Additional episodes will be directed by Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). The Mandalorian will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer.
Episode Count / Big Budget Set To Blow Us Away
The New York Times reveals that the ten-episode first season of the series will have a combined budget of $100 million, making each episode roughly $10 million apiece.
Considering that CBS All Access’s Star Trek: Discovery was one of the most expensive shows in TV history with a budget of between $8 million and $8.5 million per episode, then it becomes apparent just how much Disney is investing in both Favreau’s show and its streaming service at large.
“‘Star Wars’ is a big world, and Disney’s new streaming service affords a wonderful opportunity to tell stories that stretch out over multiple chapters,” Favreau said.
The Mandalorian does not yet have a release date, but Disney’s service is expected to launch in late 2019.
Does the confirmation of the Mandalorians involvement surprise you? Would you rather it be about Boba Fett, or would you like to see an all-new and orginal idea created? What are your thoughts on Disney’s investments both financially and creatively for the show and service alike? Sound off for a discussion with our fans and staff in the comments below, and be sure to subscribe by email to stay up to date with all continuing developments.
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