Coming rather quickly on the rumor of Dave Filoni being one of the directors of the new live-action ‘Star Wars’ series, we now have our first official photo from the set along with the title of the new series ‘The Mandalorian’ and a confirmed list of directors for the 10-episode first season of the series.
First of all, let’s go with the photo and the name, which tell us the series is finally a story about bounty hunters in the vein of Boba Fett. And while this does not look like Boba Fett and the title suggests it could be ANY Mandalorian (the tribe of warriors whose armor Fett wears), you can bet that Boba Fett will somehow tie into the series as either a figure held up in infamy, a cameo, or eventually, a major character. It’ll be fun to follow a bounty-hunter fringe-type on their escapades across the galaxy, especially since all the TV and movie media so far in the official canon has been based on characters more or less affiliated with the Rebels, New Republic, or Old Republic. This will give us that chance to see more into the seedy underbelly of the galaxy and see how people not desperately trying to save the universe live.
Next up, we have the directors list, including Dave Filoni (‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’, ‘Star Wars Rebels’) who is directing the pilot (as reported earlier), Deborah Chow (‘Jessica Jones’), Rick Famuyiwa (‘Dope’), Bryce Dallas Howard (‘Solemates’), and Taika Waititi (‘Thor: Ragnarok’). Each director will be working on two episodes, which means Season 1 will actually be 10 episodes, not 8 as previously reported (hooray!).
With a reported budget of $100 million for the series, that means each episode is averaging about $10 million, which makes sense if you want to do a ‘Star Wars’ series right, with effects that are comparable to what you would see in theaters. Plus Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson will all serve as executive producers on the series with Karen Gilchrist onboard as co-executive producer. With this kind of talent behind the series, one cannot help but get excited for what they have in store for the audience.
Looking forward to seeing what they bring us in 2019, and eager to hear any theories about what you might think the series will be about, and who the “Mandalorian” actually is. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!