Jon Favreau reveals how George Lucas influenced The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau revealed how George Lucas helped him in creating the Disney+ series.

Ever since the Star Wars universe was essentially handed off to Disney from George Lucas, the mastermind behind the movie universe certainly hasn’t had the same control over everything the way he did before. This applies to both the sequel trilogy and TV shows, all of which come with the Disney stamp now, including the wildly popular The Mandalorian.

Even with Lucas handing down his creation for others to use, the new creators have still looked to him for help along the process. And that goes for The Mandalorian showrunner, Jon Favreau. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published today, Favreau talked about the success of the Disney+ original series, the future of the show, and how George Lucas himself had a part in helping him get things right.

In the interview, Favreau noted that he was happy to have Lucas around, and the working relationship between one another certainly wasn’t one-sided. Favreau’s been open to asking Lucas for advice, and the original creator is apparently open to sharing what he knows with Favreau as well. Favreau said Lucas didn’t have a lot of feedback to give him while making the show, but he did explain how their exchanging of ideas worked:

When I talk with him, I like to get more knowledge. He’ll give me some reminders, especially before I shoot something, about how many setups I should try to get in a day, and I might rack his brain for certain things about how to cover a scene. He’s been very complimentary. I think he’s enjoyed the show, and he said once [that] now he gets to watch it as a fan and watch it as a viewer. My job is to bring that knowledge forward and pass on what I’ve learned from him in every discipline to Jon and to the creative departments.

With the success of The Mandalorian, whatever advice the showrunner did take from George Lucas, it must have worked. The Mandalorian was basically Disney+’s flagship original series to set the streaming service apart when it debuted in November 2019. And since then, fans have yet to forget the impact of the first season, some even feeling that this first live-action Star Wars show outdid The Rise of Skywalker, which released midway through The Mandalorian’s run.

The Mandalorian even nabbed a surprising amount of Emmy nominations — 15 total, surely helping to put both Disney+ and Star Wars TV on the map. Luckily, there are more episodes to come. Season is 2 still scheduled to come out in October of this year. And, as Favreau mentioned in the interview, if there were a potential season 3, they would have the ability to pull it off safely in a way that wouldn’t put anybody’s health at risk.

For now, season 3 is not confirmed. But with the growing demand for The Mandalorian, there’s no doubt that if season 2 continues to do well, fans will want more. Though, in addition to that, Lucasfilm has the Obi-Wan and Cassian Andor series planned as well. So there should be plenty of Star Wars TV to go around.

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