Always in motion is the future.
Since the show debuted last November, The Mandalorian has been the next "big thing." Din Djarin's story has offered a fresh perspective on the Star Wars universe, and Baby Yoda took the world by storm immediately upon his first appearance. As we brace ourselves for the highly anticipated launch of season 2, the show's future beyond this point is also up for discussion.
Several months ago, it was revealed that executive producer Jon Favreau was in the midst of writing The Mandalorian's third season, with production expected to go as normal despite the coronavirus pandemic. Giancarlo Esposito teased that a season 4 for the show is also in development, and the scope of the series has encouraged fans to question if a movie is in the cards as well. Fortunately for them, Favreau and actor Pedro Pascal have weighed in on that possibility...
In an interview with Variety, Executive Producer and writer Jon Favreau has said that he's open to the possibility of a film based on The Mandalorian:
Favreau said he’s in “no rush” to push the show beyond a streaming series.
“But we’re definitely open to it,” he added, “and excited to see where the story leads us and have that flexibility — because there’s no rulebook now.”
The creative lead noted that the distinction between film and television has begun to lessen:
“The line is blurring now. Things that you would have only seen in the movie theater, you’re seeing on streaming, and I think it could go the other way as well.”
Pedro Pascal said he would "love" to make a Mandalorian movie, but had some hesitations:
“I think that the work is so beautiful that I would love for that to be held by a big screen experience. But it seems to work so well that also I’m not sure it’s something that I would want corrupted by any kind of change, you know? I mean, I certainly know that the challenge can be met. It’s not like these people don’t have the experience. If anybody can do it, they can!”
Favreau provided an update on the third season as well, stating that production is "on schedule" and will begin "before the end of the year":
“We’re operating under the assumption that we’ll be able to go forward."
The nature of the series and benefits of The Volume allows for the crew to be kept at a safe minimum:
“We’re in very small situations and oftentimes we have a lot of characters in masks. And we also have a lot of digital work that augments things. So we’re a show that’s probably well-equipped to be flexible based on the protocols that are emerging surrounding work restarting.”
WHAT THIS MEANS
With the unparalleled success of The Mandalorian on Disney+, the potential for the show to generate a theatrical film seemed likely. Favreau was obviously noncommittal, but his and Lucasfilm's openness to doing a Mando movie shows that they're weighing all their options.
Pascal made a good point in that streaming has worked so well for The Mandalorian, and that's something Lucasfilm and Disney are certainly aware of. Operating under the "if ain't broke, don't fix it" adage, it may be in everyone's best interest to leave the show as is and carry forward with what's already a winning formula.
But it's hard not to imagine the possibilities of a silver screen graced by Mando and The Child. The visual effects generated by ILM through The Volume deserve to be seen on the largest screen possible, and Mando's story is among the most compelling we've seen in Star Wars in recent memory.
Before we get to a movie, the show must go on. Season 2 is knocking on the door, but it's comforting to hear that the third season is about to get underway. Provided that production goes as planned, season 3 should be ready to go for its usual slot next fall.
The future for Star Wars is bright on Disney+, especially with The Mandalorian leading the charge. Din Djarin and Baby Yoda can carry a series, and maybe even a movie. The trajectory of their story is still a mystery, but rest assured that the duo will lead the charge for Star Wars for years to come.
This is the way.