George Lucas,  The Mandalorian

George Lucas to The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau: “The real audience is the kids that are coming of age”


From GQ Middle East:

“It’s been nearly seven years since George Lucas agreed to sell Star Wars, his most beloved creation, to Disney. […]

Jon Favreau, fresh off acting in both Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home as well as directing The Lion King – all released in the last three months – has been busy behind the scenes making his first foray into the Star Wars universe with The Mandalorian, a big-budget live-action mega-series coming to Disney+ this autumn. He’s serving as showrunner, writing and overseeing the entire show, and apparently already hard at work writing season two as he finalises the first.

“We’re actually in the editing bay now, I have to get back there after this,” Favreau explained in London, ahead of the global release of The Lion King. “It’s looking great!” […]

While it sounds more spin-off than a sequel, Favreau has been focused on getting back to the heart of the series, and the roots of the storytelling that Lucas was trying to accomplish. To do that, he went to Lucas himself.

“We had a long talk with each other,” said Favreau. One thing he said to me was, ’remember, Jon, the real audience for all stories and all myths is the kids that are coming of age’, because he’s really a Joseph Campbell adherent.”

“We enjoy the stories as adults, but really, storytelling is about imparting the wisdom of the previous generations on to the children who are becoming adults, and giving them a context for how to behave and how to learn the lessons of the past without making the mistakes on their own. That’s the hope, that you can teach them how to avoid all the hardship but garner all the wisdom.”

Favreau applied Lucas’ advice The Lion King as well.

“I think a film like The Lion King is really the purest form of storytelling in that you are dealing with the biggest themes that we deal with as humans – about loss, about each generation replacing the previous one, about living a life of responsibility and stepping up when you are called upon in the face of tremendous suffering that life presents to you, especially in a world like the animal kingdom. That is a glorious story. Even though there is tremendous suffering, it is a net gain. If you live your life in harmony with the world around you, and you go on the spiritual journey that all these great myths discuss, there is something transformative and uplifting about it.

“That’s the monomyth and that’s the hero’s journey, and ultimately the reward for a life well-lived. That’s something that, as you get older, you start to appreciate more because life feels very finite and you see the next generation coming up, and you relate more to Mufasa than you do to Simba. I take comfort in those themes, and I like it, and I love sharing that with the next generation and knowing that will be left behind even as our generation passes,” says Favreau. […]”


  • Cryogenic

    @ Rob:

    Yes. Like the Star Wars saga itself.

    Or in other words: “Don’t screw this up by pandering.”

    • Cryogenic

      @ Rob:

      Maybe. There could certainly things made for a slightly older audience. Lucas was even planning such an excursion himself with “Star Wars Underworld”.

      Overall, though, Star Wars has always been geared for relatively young audiences. Adults can simply tag along for the ride.

      I’m only being mildly facetious there. While not an adult franchise, Star Wars nevertheless deals with some pretty adult themes; or material, you might say, that has no particular “age limit” attached to it, and is relevant to all people, at all stages of life. An age is a stage! On which quizzical dramas unfold…

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