The Mandalorian Director Reportedly Has 'Insane' New Contract With Lucasfilm

By Richard Nebens Posted:
Star Wars, The Mandalorian Universe

Lucasfilm kicked off its venture into long-form storytelling on Disney+ just over two years ago with The MandalorianUnder the leadership of Marvel Studios icon Jon Favreau, Din Djarin's intergalactic adventure became an instant success as the streamer's flagship series at launch, racking up impressive viewership numbers while earning critical success and awards recognition as well.

Favreau turned himself into an entertainment industry icon when he teamed up with Lucasfilm on The Mandalorian, finding himself with the chance to expand Star Wars' lore beyond the big screen. The actor/director did the same thing with Star Wars that he did with the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he directed Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and he now has credits on arguably the two biggest pop culture franchises running.

Moving past writing work on nearly every chapter of The Mandalorian, Favreau also played the writer/creator role on all seven chapters of The Book of Boba Fett and appears to be far from done with this universe. That's now confirmed to be the case thanks to a new report teasing Favreau's extended future with the company behind the galaxy far, far away.

Mandalorian Director Sticking with Lucasfilm

Jon Favreau
Star Wars

A new report from Puck News' Matthew Belloni, as discovered by Twitter user @XKateBishopX, shared new information on The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau's contractual ties with Lucasfilm and Disney.

Initially, Favreau and Lucasfilm reportedly only agreed to just one season of the original Disney+ Star Wars show. Following Season 1's successful shoot, the two parties  signed an "insane" deal for Favreau to continue developing projects for the galaxy far, far away, agreeing to his current contract which includes a plethora of bonuses and incentives for writing and directing indivdual Star Wars episodes.

Despite the lucrative deal, Belloni believes that it's unlikely that Favreau is receiving royalty payments for The Mandalorian merchandise sales. 

How Long Will Favreau and Star Wars Stay Together?

This report makes it clear that Jon Favreau won't be leaving the Star Wars story anytime soon.

Although the Iron Man director initially only took on duties for the first eight chapters of The Mandalorian, he's played a role in nearly every Disney+ entry to come since that time. He's already attached as an executive producer for Rosario Dawson's Ahsoka series, and while it's unclear how many entries he will direct and write, that shouldn't be the last time fans see him in this universe.

Having also provided his acting talents to the role of Paz Vizsla in one chapter of each of both of his first two shows, Favreau's influence can't be understated. This new contact only nails down how much influence he will continue to have on Lucasfilm's continuing expansion into episodic stories on Disney+.

While the details of this new contract may not come to light for some time, fans can expect to see Favreau's name in the credits of future Star Wars entries for a long time.

All sixteen chapters of The Mandalorian and all seven chapters of The Book of Boba Fett are now streaming on Disney+.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.