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"I'm trying to evoke the aesthetics of not just the original trilogy but the first film. Not just the first film but the first act of the first film. What was it like on Tatooine? What was going on in that cantina? That has fascinated me since I was a child, and I love the idea of the darker, freakier side of Star Wars, the Mad Max aspect of Star Wars."
"It's like after the Roman Empire falls, or when you don't have a centralized shogun in Japan—and, of course, the Old West, when there wasn't any government in the areas that had not yet been settled."
"Since I wrote most of [The Mandalorian], I wrote it to fit within our volume, and in trying to keep the scale of it like the first Star Wars film, which was a relatively low-budget affair, even though the effects were spectacular."
A new TV series was announced by Disney CEO Robert Iger during a Disney quarterly earnings call on November 9, 2017. On May 10, 2018, in an interview with Anthony Carboni on the premier for Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jon Favreau revealed that he was halfway done with writing a season of the upcoming live-action Star Wars series. As producer Kathleen Kennedy recalled: "I'd been talking to him, off and on, for a few years. He had this story, and suddenly the two of us realized, not only could this be told in the television space, but we could also push technology.” During an interview with Dan Casey of Nerdist at the premiere, Favreau confirmed the show would take place seven years after the Battle of Yavin and feature all-new characters. Favreau also revealed that even before he had the job, he had written four scripts to show Lucasfilm what the show would be and to ensure that his vision made it to the screen. As Favreau later told GQ Middle East, "One thing [George Lucas] 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." He also made a conscious effort to appeal to all types of Star Wars fans, telling Entertainment Weekly: "Part of what's fun is to see if we could merge the worlds of the original trilogy, the prequels, the sequels, The Clone Wars, and what's been considered canon up to this point and what's been considered part of Legends."
The series is mostly filmed on soundstages in Los Angeles, with occasional plate photography in various international locations. At the suggestion of Rob Bredow, it uses a new technology known as "Stagecraft, with special effects that utilize a video game engine developed by Epic Games. ILM also opened a new London-based division, ILM TV, to work on The Mandalorian and other projects.
Favreau described his role as showrunner: "It's a lot like being a chef. You write the menu, you staff up with people who are great at what they do, you oversee and help guide the people who are actually cooking the food, working the line, and then at the end, you plate." He compared his work on the series to that of Iron Man (in that the release of the former would mark the launch of Disney+, whereas the latter marked the launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe), noting that he didn't feel much pressure on either project. Director Bryce Dallas Howard described the production process as highly collaborative, with all the directors sharing an office, and the producers always open to ideas from the directors. During production, Favreau shared photos on his Instagram account. George Lucas visited the set during production as part of a birthday surprise for Favreau. While filming at a studio in Manhattan Beach, California, equipment was stolen from the set, prompting a police investigation.
The first season wrapped filming in February 2019. Each episode of the season reportedly cost 15 million to make. Robert Iger viewed each Season One episode multiple times to give notes and track the show's progress. Members of the Star Wars costuming fan organization the 501st Legion also participated as extras since the producers did not have enough stormtrooper costumes.
On December 19, 2018, Ludwig Göransson was announced to be composing the music for the show. Göransson had previously composed the music for director Ryan Coogler'sBlack Panther; Favreau met him through Coogler, and discussed the project a year before production began on The Mandalorian. As Favreau told the Los Angeles Times, he wanted the music to be "a little grittier, a little edgier and a little more tech-oriented, something that felt half-tech, half-classic." Göransson took his initial inspiration from a nature hike, going for an "organic" sound that made heavy use of woodwinds, combined with electronic instruments and orchestral music.
Favreau, Filoni and most of the cast hosted a panel at Celebration Chicago on April 14, 2019, where the first footage premiered exclusively to fans in attendance. A few days later, the cast appeared on Good Morning America. On August 23, 2019, The Mandalorian's first trailer was released at the D23 Expo in Anaheim at a panel consisting of Favreau, Filoni, and cast members Pascal, Carano, Weathers, Waititi, and Ming-Na Wen. The show was the cover story for the September 2019 issue of Entertainment Weekly.
The Mandalorian's merchandise line debuted as part of Triple Force Friday, which was held on October 4, 2019. On October 19, as part of their press day for Disney+, Disney showcased 27 minutes of footage for members of the press. A second and final trailer was released on October 28, 2019. The series debuted on November 12, 2019, and quickly became one of the most-watched series of 2019. On November 13, a premier was held at Hollywood's El Capitan Theater. Three episodes were screened at the event, and the cast and crew participated in a Q&A livestream.
Following the success of the first season, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed on February 4, 2020 that the second season will premiere on Disney+ in October 2020. He also suggested that characters may be introduced to the show that will receive their own spin-offs. According to Alan Horn, the CCO of The Walt Disney Company, if the series proves to be a success, there's the possibility of a film adaptation for either Disney+ or a theatrical release.
↑Natalia Tena (@NatTenaLady) on Twitter "The @themandalorian trailer is finally here! Can you spot my purple alien face? So honoured to have been part of this banging series, my inner geek is doing backflips with bells on."