Disney has set the title for its first live-action “Star Wars” series and it follows one of the most interesting groups in the galaxy. “The Mandalorian” will be the name of Jon Favreau’s next big project, following the residents of Mandalor and probably featuring a lot of their terrific Boba Fett style armor.
The show will be one of the tent poles of Disney‘s streaming service but we will probably have to wait until after New York Comic-Con to get a release date and casting info. Favreau himself played a role in the animated-series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and is major force behind the new live-action series. Speaking of Favreau, he directed both “Iron Man and “Iron Man 2” and served as an executive producer on the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” films. With someone this connected to Disney and to Star Wars at the helm, we feel pretty optimistic about Favreau taking on the fan-favorite Mandalorians.
At the time of series announcement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy added, “I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform”. Kennedy contined, “Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.”
Favreau said, “If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
Recently, Favreau directed and produced the “The Jungle Book” for Disney. The film was an instant hit, opening at number-one with a $100M weekend, and went on to make over $966M worldwide. The live-action/CGI hybrid took home an Academy Award for visual effects. Favreau will also direct “The Lion King,” remake, which is releasing in 2019.