The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian first image, directors revealed

From StarWars.com:

“Production on the first Star Wars live-action streaming series has begun! After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. 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. The series will be written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau, as previously announced, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone WarsStar Wars Rebels) directing the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). It will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer.”

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  • Alexrd

    “To George [Lucas], the Mandalorians — above all, dating back to The Empire Strikes Back — are supercommandos. They’re a race of people that were a military. They can’t be so vagabond as they’ve appeared in the EU. They can’t be this group of people that are vastly different in paint job and paint scheme. Because if you do that, they look too much immediately like a bunch of Boba Fetts. It robbed Boba Fett of his uniqueness.”

    ― Dave Filoni

    So much for that…

    • gungifan13

      To be fair, this could be someone that repurposed Mandalorian armor for his own needs, since a novel just said someone sold Boba’s armor and probably used it for his gain.. We just don’t know yet who this character is and what else is involved. Sorry, I know you’re likely a little upset, but, I can’t lie when I say I wanna see this show. However, I will always love The Clone Wars since that show’s return has more excitement than this, so, hey, looks like I got a piece of the fun. I mean 🤷🏻‍♂️.

  • gungifan13

    Picture looks good. This could be a great series. Shame the haters will ignore this. Sorry, but, I’m not gonna ignore this just because some people aren’t happy over certain aspects that they’re questioning.

    • Cryogenic

      @ Gungifan:

      No one’s telling you to ignore anything. It’s fine to have a difference of opinion.

      “Picture looks good” in the sense — in my opinion — that it’s crisp, clear, well-composed. Otherwise, I’m not moved by it. It’s the low-hanging-fruit approach again: a familiar-looking character/design pacing down a familiar-looking bazaar/side street; all looking rather Earth-bound and obvious. Is Boba Fett, or one of his cousins, in Syria? Get those Islamic radicals! Maybe Boba’s on his way to pay the jizya.

      Is this what Star Wars has been reduced to now? The same bland designs and mise-en-scene reiterated ad nauseum? Recall how unusual and extraordinary the first images released for Episode I were in the late 1990s: A little slave kid, a simple slave dwelling, a long-haired “hippie” Jedi, the gorgeous rolling fields and waterfalls of Naboo, those Gungan city bubbles, podracers, a Geisha Queen… you following? Even when Lucas reintroduced Jango/Boba in AOTC, he placed them in an interesting environment; populated with “alien” characters and pulsing with an abstract, surreal tonality.

      Disney/LFL are nakedly rehashing and strip-mining all of the obvious “fan” touchstones of the Original Trilogy — a trilogy now forty years old. Instead of equally acknowledging the prequels, let alone doing anything new, they’re repeatedly pulling from and regurgitating hyper-familiar imagery, plot points, and story conceits in a conservative bid to ensure maximum fan loyalty. Just one or two panels in the “Art Of” books for the prequels (and Rinzler’s adaptation of Lucas’ first screenplay for the original film) contain more beauty, imagination, and intrigue than anything we’re seeing here — in my opinion. It’s all so utterly safe, facile, and unedifying.

      • Moose

        Cryogenic – I wonder if these Disney employees really understand Star Wars well enough to know what is missing. For example, I do not personally know any Star Wars fans that seem to care about the grand mythological themes being mostly AWOL. Whenever I mention it, they do not even seem to know what I am talking about (granted, I am nowhere near as eloquent as you). Maybe their general dissatisfaction with the new movies is actually due to this absence, but they do not seem to know it.

        In that case, the Disney folks may come by it honest. I imagine them just having a checklist in their heads as to what to include, as if these were James Bond movies or a Jimmy Buffet concert.

      • Cryogenic

        @ Moose:

        Here’s something I wrote about “The George Lucas Saga” back in 2015:

        Star Wars has always been (at least, on the big screen, in live-action terms) a bit on the antiquated, the arch, and the innocent side. Stately framings. Extraordinary things captured in an observational, matter-of-fact style. The majestic Old World music. The stilted, otherworldly dialogue. Pomposity and puerility pushed up alongside one another. A bright, mischievous charm to practically everything. A gentle-natured poke at the human condition. Colours, shapes, and sculpted kineticism uniquely within six gorgeous action-adventure existential comedy dramas, harmonized by a sublime ring structure.

        —————-

        There does seem to be a contingent of fans that doesn’t care for the mythological and more abstract (or esoteric) side of Star Wars — they just want wise-cracking characters, likeable leads, cool action beats, lively humour, and “realistic” drama; oh, and in Disney’s hive-mind, “practical effects” and “real locations”. Having the Force there and generational reckoning, let alone political statements or an eccentric, quasi-Dadaist canvas with sedimentary motifs, seems to be far from their thought patterns. Their view of Star Wars seems (to me) to be very impoverished: It’s mostly about the whizz-bang (which Abrams gave them), basic escapism, and having relateable avatars to root for. I contend that that isn’t Star Wars and never really was. People can cherry-pick and throw up the odd Lucas quote from the release of the original film, perhaps, but tragicomic fairy-tale simplicity combined with mythic grandeur and a genuine sense of otherworldiness were, I think, always on Lucas’ mind.

        I think Disney have only made a half-hearted stab at the first part (tragicomic fairy-tale simplicity); and have more or less left the other parts untouched (despite Rian Johnson exerting himself a bit in TLJ). But how do you transfer genius? Perhaps the faulty assumption is all ours in believing Disney or anyone else could ever adequately follow up on the indelible imprimatur of George Lucas. In the words of Tolstoy: “Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling.” Star Wars isn’t just something to be gawked at or merely consumed or “rated” or cannibalized to make ever-more-homogenized copies of. If George Lucas, like any artist/maker, poured his soul into his work, then he surely made something unique and non-transferable; he wrote out his personal cosmology and simply made it public.

        That feels like letting Disney off the hook, though. It’s a bit of a dodge and too equivocal. There was little good reason they couldn’t have exerted more effort in following the outline of Lucas’ genius — his Platonic shadow — and done justice to what he handed over to them. But “greed can be a powerful ally” and often wins out against creativity and artistic scruple. We are rarely the best version of ourselves. Multiply that issue by a thousand when you’re dealing with a profit-driven, publicly-traded entertainment conglomerate like Disney. Lucas more or less said it plain on Charlie Rose: Big companies are extremely risk-averse. They think primarily of the bottom line and would rather copy a winning formula than allow strange ideas or foster the right conditions for the pursuit of artistic excellence.

        Sadly, I think Lucas let all the online negativity and hate get to him — and he wanted to move on with his life, too, and enjoy a good “Third Chapter”, and just be done with his creation (including his companies). Perhaps he was even sending the entertainment world and the geek-sphere a warning. “You think other people working for a cold corporation can do a better job? You prefer fast food over a slaved-upon home-made meal? Okay then.”

        Thank you once more for the kind words, Moose. I keep trying to explore my fascination with what Lucas did when he was doing his thing; and trying to define what Star Wars is (or simply, in my mind, what it isn’t). Not sure I’ve yet made any progress…

    • Cryogenic

      ^^

      My reaction to pretty much every Star Wars tidbit/item that has been released/announced/hinted-at by Disney so far…

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