Production on the first ever live-action Star War series has begun, and fresh details on the Jon Favreau produced series have emerged. To kick things off, here is the full press release from Disney for The Mandalorian;
“Production on the first Star Wars live-action streaming series has begun! After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. The series will be written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau, as previously announced, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). It will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer.”
There’s a lot to unpack in this press release. Aside from the title (which is awesome), the behind the scenes talent is impressive. Deborah Chow, Rick Famuyiwa, Bryce Dallas Howard (her Dad finished Solo), and Taika Waititi is a great mix. The Mandalorian will be one of the most expensive TV shows in recent times with a reported budget of more than $150 million. For an episode run of 8-10, that’s a hefty price tag, but it’s not like Disney can’t afford it.
These details arrive a day after Favreau revealed the title of the show via Twitter. The Mandalorian will be exclusively available on Disney’s still untitled streaming service which launches in the US late 2019.