Jon Favreau’s Star Wars: The Mandalorian took the world by storm when it debuted Nov. 12, 2019, on Disney+. No one was expecting the discovery of Baby Yoda at the end of the first episode. However, fans feel there is a depper reason why everyone loves the series.
‘Star Wars: The Mandalorian’: Where did Favreau get his inspiration for the series?
Favreau wanted to create something new and unique with The Mandalorian. He found an era of Star Wars that was unaccounted for. The series takes place after the fall of the Empire, but before the First Order Returns in The Force Awakens. It was this 25-30 year period that Favreau used to create fresh, new characters and planets.
“It was specifically doing a version of Star Wars that felt small,” Favreau said at the ATX Television Festival. “And [The Mandalorian] felt like it reflected the genres that influenced George [Lucas] originally: space adventure, westerns, samurai films, WWII adventure films — those are the genres that inspired the tropes.”
Rather than take inspiration from Star Wars, Favreau wanted to look at the genres that inspired Lucas.
‘Star Wars’ Fans feel Favreau’s inspiration marks the difference between him and the sequel trilogy directors
Fans criticized the Star Wars trilogy movies — Episode IV: The Force Awakens, Episode V: The Last Jedi, and Episode VI: The Rise of Skywalker. Fans were upset with Rian Johnson for killing off Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in Episode IV. J. J. Abrams was under fire for keeping the three main characters apart in Episode V. Some say that Episode VI was bound to fail because if they served the critics, they upset the fans — and vice versa.
Fans feel that Favreau was different from the directors of the sequel trilogy. He went back to the origin of Star Wars — creator George Lucas.
“We definitely want to be consistent with Star Wars, but I want to be influenced by the stuff that influenced George,” Favreau explained.
When will ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 be on Disney+ ?
The Mandalorian filming was complete when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shut down occurred. Therefore, Season 2 will premiere on Disney+ in October 2020, as planned.
“We were lucky enough to have finished photography before the lockdown,” the director explained at ATX. “Thanks to how technology-forward Lucasfilm and ILM are, we have been able to do all of our visual effects and editing and post-production remotely through systems that had been set up by those companies for us.”
Fall TV premieres might be looking bleak for many other shows. However, Star Wars fans will get their next dose of Baby Yoda.