Rumors on Jon Favreau’s live action Star Wars television series have been circulating lately. It is still pretty early to firmly confirm much of this with 100% accurate faith. So please consider this a rumor for now that we have heard from sources who have panned out in the past. For the last few months, we keep hearing the same rumors and the rumors consist of the same general information and the same general beliefs.
Sources believe Jon Favreau’s Star Wars live action series, which is set around three years after Return of the Jedi is about the planet Mandalore. It sounds like when the Empire falls, Mandalore falls into a state of turmoil and the series is about restoring Mandalore to its former self and how Mandalore sways will have huge galactic ramifications.
The Restoration of Mandalore
I have more questions than answers, obviously. What does a restoration of Mandalore mean? Does it mean to the peace loving Mandalore that Satine Kryze brought about about during The Clone Wars or the one that Death Watch and Pre Vizsla wanted to restore (who coincidentally was played by Favreau in the animated series). I have to imagine these competing philosophies will be what drives the series and the various factions.
While waiting in line for The Clone Wars panel at SDCC, I discussed these rumors with a few trusted friends. After The Clone Wars panel was over and it was revealed that The Siege of Mandalore would be brought to the small screen, everyone that knew about the rumor looked at me like “this is making sense” and I have to agree. It would make sense to finish The Clone Wars and the Mandalore story if it has reverberations felt in an upcoming television show. With Star Wars Resistance rumored to skew towards the younger animated viewer, it seems to make complete sense to finish The Clone Wars while making adult viewers really pleased on the animated front and the live action front.
Another consistent rumor I have heard is that the effects will be seen in monitor, thanks to technology provided by ILMxLAB, so they can save money by knowing if they got what they needed right away. I don’t believe a shot has been used in a Star Wars film using the newer tech, only pre-visual work. Perhaps the idea is to make it TV ready and then when we’re used to the look as fans and it improves exponentially they can make Star Wars films better for even cheaper than they cost today? Perhaps that is the long term goal? However, that is not to say they’ll be cheap by any means. NYT recently stated the episodes will cost “one hundred million for ten episodes.”
It is really early to state firmly that this rumor is going to pan out. I believe Favreau is still working on The Lion King for Disney and sometime after that things will really start to pick up on his live action Star Wars series, which if the rumors are true today is about Mandalore after the fall of Darth Vader and his Empire and restoring the Mandalorian culture (for better or for worse).
George Lucas did not envision that Jango and Boba Fett were Mandalorians. The series is said to have all new characters. But we’ve never seen a Star Wars series with all new characters that didn’t have some sweet guest appearances. I would imagine Boba Fett could appear and be seen as an imposter or even actually made a Mando in this show. I would also have to imagine that Sabine Wren and Bo Katan could also be characters who show up at some point on the side of saving Satine’s vision for Mandalore especially after the series finale of Star Wars Rebels.
Check out this ILMxLAB video for some examples of the ways Lucasfilm could potentially use this technology for the live action television show: