There are RUMORS circulating online (via MakingStarWars) as of late that the Disney live action direct-to-consumer series being helmed by Jon Favreau is actually about the Mandalorians post-Return of the Jedi and rebuilding their culture after the fall of the Empire into a new age during the reign of the New Republic. Take this all with a MASSIVE grain of salt as there is nothing confirmed, but there are whispers regarding the topic. Here is what we do know about the series so far…
The Timeline Choice
Back on May 10, 2018, Jon Favreau spoke briefly with the senior editor over at Nerdist, Dan Casey, on the red carpet about when in the timeline this television show would take place.
Exclusive: @Jon_Favreau confirms that his live action #StarWars series takes place 7 years after Battle of Endor, between #ReturnOfTheJedi and #TheForceAwakens. Will feature all new characters, using cutting edge tech a la THE JUNGLE BOOK. Story coming to @nerdist… pic.twitter.com/iRyPS8hPDR
— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) May 11, 2018
Jon said it would take place seven years after the Battle of Endor between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, meaning it would take place around the year 11 ABY. With the Battle of Endor taking place in 4 ABY and the beginning of The Force Awakens taking place in 34 ABY, we can start to see more advancement in the timeline within this thirty year gap set forth by Disney, before production on The Force Awakens began in 2012. Currently, we have seen several books, comics, and video games exploring this timeline from Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath Trilogy and Greg Rucka’s Shattered Empire to what we are now seeing with production on Star Wars: Resistance and the several Journey to The Force Awakens books. Other notable mentions include EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II, Delilah S. Dawson’s Phasma, Claudia Gray’s Bloodline, and the Marvel Star Wars: Poe Dameron comic series, which all provide a wealth of additional backstory to some of the great characters we now have come to enjoy. The most curious choice in the canon at this time is that a good amount of the main story of Daniel José Older’s Last Shot takes place approximately around 7 ABY. That puts Last Shot three years after the Battle of Endor and two years after the fall of the Empire at the Battle of Jakku. With Favreau’s show being set four years after the events of Last Shot, we have definitely seen that there is more criminal activity on the rise after the fall of the Empire (Aftermath, Last Shot), especially in the time the New Republic came to power, with mass demilitarization headed by Mon Mothma herself. So to those who wanted that Underworld show written by George Lucas or LucasArts’ cancelled Star Wars 1313 video game, the criminal stakes may stay in place while also tying in these elements to this newly formed Mandalorian crime serial. But as always, only time will tell!
Many believe the choice to have Jon Favreau involved in a Mandalorian based live action show would be due to the fact he voiced Pre Vizla in the critically acclaimed animated show Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
As a major player involved with the criminal underworld, and a major part of the fall of Duchess Satine Kryze and the rise of Maul, Jon Favreau helped create some of the greatest moments of animated Star Wars content over the course of its run. With his long list of television and movie credits, Jon has proved time and time again that his creative vision is widely loved and recognized. Plus, who doesn’t love having Happy Hogan on board for the ride for any production?
With the recent rise of Mandalorian content in the animated realm between Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, the interest for more history involved with the Mandalorians is also in demand along with it. It’s no secret that Dave Filoni loved tying in little things involving their culture as the story progressed, especially with fan favorite Sabine Wren.
Tying in the history of the Darksaber with that of the ancient Mandalorian Jedi Tarre Vizla also helped start to sow the seeds of the Jedi-Mandalorian history moving forward. This has become a hot topic for lots of discussions since Rebels aired. It tied in some content that had made mentions to the Mandalorian-Jedi War, which was made popular in Star Wars Legends (regarded as the Mandalorian Wars), but given a brand new history in new canon with some similar moments.
Even in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Old Republic era Mandalorian armor could be seen behind Dryden Vos tying the Mandalorians through Death Watch to Maul who in turn is tied to Crimson Dawn and Vos. The canon connections to Mandalore as of late have been hiding in plain sight. And the fans have taken notice!
— The Retro Rogue (@retrorogue) April 16, 2018
— Star Wars Facts (@SWTweets) June 8, 2018
These keen little hints of ties to Mandalorian culture from different eras may just be a subtle hint of what’s to come from Favreau and crew, or that still rumored Boba Fett / Bounty Hunter spinoff film. Who knows? Boba Fett may actually come back in this TV show, straight out of the Sarlacc pit, to plot his revenge on Han Solo, but that seems pretty far reaching at this time. Plus, who could forget all the nods to two brand new Mandalorian clans that Dave Filoni threw in during Season 4 of Star Wars: Rebels? We see what you did there, Filoni! Don’t think we forgot about that.
Production Level for the Show
Jon Favreau had confirmed to Dan Casey that half of season one’s writing had been completed back in May. Given the time that has passed, season one is most likely completely finished being scripted. Back in June, Omega Underground had released a rumor that the series would start shooting in fall or winter of 2018. According to a recent New York Times profile update, we now know that the first season of the series will have a budget close to $100 million. Favreau recently said in an email, “‘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,”. (Barnes, nytimes.com)
(Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss)
With a budget and a vision that large, Lucasfilm is planning on making a high-level production out of this first live action television series that is surely going to help the new Disney streaming service flourish in its first season or two. It is rumored that the show is set to air on launch of the service or shortly after to help boost subscriptions to the platform, along with many other titles from Disney partners, such as Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel Studios.
So what do you all think about this? Could a Mandalorian show be in the works over at Lucasfilm or is there something even better on the horizon? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!
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