“The Mandalorian is already primed and ready to be special given that it’s the first-ever live-action Star Wars TV show, but in a manner fitting a franchise as huge and iconic as Star Wars, it sounds like the approach to creating the upcoming Disney+ series was anything but ordinary.
The show was created by The Jungle Book and Iron Man filmmaker Jon Favreau and takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Actor Pedro Pascal plays the titular Mandalorian, a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic
We still know very little about the story of the series, but when Collider’s Steve Weintraub spoke with actor Giancarlo Esposito about his role in the upcoming film Stuck, he shed some light on the cutting-edge technology that was used to bring the series to life. […]
“I’ve got a great costume. We got great set pieces. I’m not giving anything away because [Jon Favreau] is an artist, truly an artist. [He was] working with George Lucas on this particular piece and making it a piece that we can really relate to now in our world that we’re in. […]
Additionally, in praising Favreau for handing directing reins over to other filmmakers with diverse points of view, Esposito appears to reveal that Favreau worked with George Lucas to create the series in the first place:
“Well you know what’s cool about Mandalorian is you figure a guy who wrote it, who figured it out with George Lucas, would direct every episode. That would be all ego, right? He has amassed some incredible directors from different parts of the planet to give their take on an episode. […]
Lucas was famously developing a live-action Star Wars TV series after the prequels, before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney, and he even had dozens of scripts written and ready to go. The hurdle at that time was budget, as no network was willing to spend the money necessary to make a Star Wars live-action TV show a reality. The whole thing was scrapped after the Disney sale, but one wonders if some of the ideas hatched during that time have made their way into The Mandalorian given that Lucas was consulted.
Then again, it’s possible Favreau simply used Lucas as a guide, consulting to make sure he was heading in the right direction and keeping with the spirit of Lucas’s vision for the Star Wars universe. […]
The series debuts on Disney+ on November 12th.”