The Mandalorian season 2 is confirmed. Not only that, but showrunner/writer/producer Jon Favreau is already deep into writing and pre-production on the sophomore season of the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series. That is good news for fans of a galaxy far, far away, as it not only implies a great deal of confidence in what they have, but it means we're getting more scum and villainy action on the small screen.
It was initially reported that the series had already been renewed back in April, but it hadn't yet been confirmed. Now, however, Jon Favreau has personally confirmed the news. The filmmaker has been making the rounds in order to promote his latest movie, Disney's The Lion King remake. During a recent interview, he was asked about The Mandalorian and his relationship with Disney. Here's what he had to say about it.
"I keep getting pulled deeper into the orbit of Disney, but fortunately the stuff that Disney's working on is the stuff that I love. I wanted to do a Star Wars TV show like The Mandalorian and pitched it to them and they were very open to it. I even wrote four episodes before I even was hired to do it because I was excited as a fan to see what these stories might be and see if they were interested in doing what I was interested in, which they were. And I was actually writing Season 2 this morning before I came here."
The Mandalorian will center on all-new characters, with Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) set to play the titular character. The series centers on a lone gunslinger who operates on the Outer Rim, outside the rule of law in the galaxy. The show takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, as the galaxy is in a state of chaos as the Empire's rule is no longer in place.
I was lucky enough to see a great deal of footage at Star Wars Celebration back in March. Disney and Lucasfilm haven't even released a trailer online yet, but I can attest to the fact that the show looks incredible and truly like something that feels rich in Star Wars lore. Jon Favreau, speaking further, revealed that they had a pretty unique method for shooting the series, in addition to confirming they're already prepping to shoot season 2.
"In The Mandalorian because we're doing live-action production, we're using the Epic game engine and using that to do real-time in-camera visual effects. So if you visited the set for The Mandalorian you would've seen a completely video-wall wrapped stage and we were in there filming the characters in the foreground, and oftentimes either blue screen or full digital versions of set extensions in the background with Parallax, because the positional data of the camera was informing the backgrounds, so it was like a translight that had perspective.
So that allowed us to have environments, as long as we could build them digitally and put enough work into planning it, we could have the game engine be used for creating effects in a timeframe that allows us to get a TV season done. But all of that requires us to use the same v-cam techniques in pre-production on The Mandalorian so that we know exactly what we need to see. So if you visited the set now as we're starting to get into Season 2, it looks a lot like the set of The Lion King as we're planning how we're gonna shoot it ahead of time."
Star Wars, dating back to the early days when it was George Lucas defying the odds, has always been about pushing boundaries visually and technologically. It sounds very much like Jon Favreau is keeping that up. The Mandalorian is set to debut this November on the Disney+ streaming service. This news comes to us via Collider.