Not too long ago, there was an unsubstantiated rumor going around that Logan director James Mangold and Alita: Battle Angel director Robert Rodriguez would be directing episodes in the second season of the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian. However, since James Mangold flat out debunked the story and Robert Rodriguez never said a thing, it didn’t sound like any of it was true. But today, we have word that half of that story was accurate after all: Robert Rodriguez has directed at least one episode in the second season of The Mandalorian. Read More »
When The Mandalorian debuted on Disney+ last fall, the first episode marked the live-action directorial debut of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni (seen above left). It was a surprising move, especially when the series was also executive produced by experienced director Jon Favreau, who had films like Iron Man and The Lion King remake under his belt. But the first episode drew fans in and helped kick off this exciting new era of Star Wars on the small screen. So it should come as no surprise that Filoni will again get behind the camera as one of The Mandalorian season 2 directors. Read More »
Quibi is putting the pedal to the metal with a new stop-motion animated series based on a viral short film.
Micro Mayhem, “a series of over-the-top shorts where the cars are the characters,” uses toy cars to tell violent, action-packed stories. Jon Favreau‘s Golem Creations is executive producing, while Seth Green‘s Stoopid Buddy Studios will co-produce alongside eOne. Check out the original viral short below. Read More »
The Mandalorian is a big hit for Disney and Lucasfilm, so much that the second season was officially announced to arrive in the fall of 2020 just as the first season came to an end this past week. While fans are loving the titular character of the series, there’s one clear breakout from the show: Baby Yoda. However, since character isn’t actually Yoda as a baby, Disney is doing everything they can to make sure fans know that this creature should be called The Child or The Asset. But even Disney CEO Bob Iger used to refer to the character as Baby Yoda, only to be corrected by series creator Jon Favreau. But Iger also knows something that fans are desperate to find out. Read More »
The power of Baby Yoda compels you and Disney+ to return to The Mandalorian for a second season. Executive producer Jon Favreau confirmed that The Mandalorian season 2 is set to arrive on Disney+ in fall 2020, with no specific release date yet. The news comes hours after the season 1 finale of The Mandalorian dropped on Disney+ to some of the highest praise yet for the Star Wars live-action show.
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America has Baby Yoda fever! Don’t even try talking about boring old regular Yoda – we don’t want to hear it. All we care about is our tiny puppet child and his big ears. Jon Favreau, the father of Baby Yoda, has finally opened up about his bouncing baby boy, talking about the character’s future on The Mandalorian, why there was no Baby Yoda merch at the ready, and more.
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The live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian is right in the middle of its first season, but executive producer Jon Favreau is already hard at work on the second season. Favreau will be directing at least one episode in the second season after letting some other filmmakers get behind the camera the first time around. But one of the other directors in the second season will be Carl Weathers, one of the co-stars of the first season, and he has teased some of what we might see in forthcoming new episodes. Read More »
While fans are anxious to get their hands on a toy version of The Mandalorian character that has come to be called “Baby Yoda,” another new character from the Star Wars series on Disney+ seems to be getting the toy treatment even sooner.
In the third episode of The Mandalorian, titled “The Sin,” another Mandalorian challenges Mando’s loyalty and gets into a little scuffle inside their secret base. He’s a beefier warrior voiced by none other than series creator Jon Favreau, and now he’s getting his own action figure in the Black Series line of toys from Hasbro. Check out the Heavy Infantry Mandalorian action figure below. Read More »
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All throughout the production of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, I had heard rumblings of the groundbreaking technology being used to create the first-ever Star Wars live-action television show. Producer Jon Favreau has talked briefly about the process while doing press, mentioning that the series makes use of a new tech that creates virtual backgrounds using large high-resolution screens. The filmmaker would rather have audiences concentrate on the story than the tech, so we won’t likely see any real behind-the-scenes features on the technology until after the first season airs in its entirety (Notably, Favreau took the same approach for Jungle Book and Lion King).
I’ve watched the first two episodes of The Mandalorian multiple times now and tried to find the seams. Where is this tech being used? What is practical and what is being generated virtually on a performance capture “volume” in the soundstages next to James Cameron’s Avatar sequels?
Yesterday, I attended a “Women of Lucasfilm—What Drives You?” panel discussion at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles in support of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It was wonderful to hear stories from the women who are bringing Star Wars into the next decade and beyond.
Late into the panel discussion, the conversation turned to George Lucas‘ fearless innovation that has been a part of the Star Wars DNA. Remember, ILM was created to help bring a galaxy far, far away to life. The female dream team on the panel spoke for over 15 minutes about how this new tech could change television and cinema forever. And director Deborah Chow talked about possibly using this new “Stagecraft” technology in Disney+’s upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi tv series.
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The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special has been famously ridiculed — the dated 1970s variety special structure; the hokey musical sequences; the endless Wookie grunts; Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill looking absolutely mortified — but for a rare few fans, it holds a special place in their hearts. One of those fans is apparently Jon Favreau, the creator of the successful new Disney+ series The Mandalorian, who actually has the power to do something about that. Favreau revealed that he is genuinely interested in making a new Star Wars Holiday Special and in fact already has plans in place for one.
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