The Mandalorian became an instant hit when it debuted last year on Disney+. The inaugural season introduced captivating characters such as Din Djarin, Cara Dune, Moff Gideon, and the fan-favorite Baby Yoda (otherwise known as The Child) while also successfully launching a brand new wave of stories for the galaxy far, far away.
The Mandalorian was the first foray of Star Wars in the realm of live-action series, and it seems that this new branch is here to stay due to the massive success of the inaugural series. The show was recently nominated for 15 Emmy nominations and previous data also revealed that, at one point, it was the most in-demand series in the world.
The confidence of Lucasfilm with The Mandalorian was evident even before the launch of the first season, with season 2 of the show being worked on already. Barring any delays, the sophomore season will premiere this October, and it is set to introduce more characters from the Star Wars lore while also providing a unique spin for the franchise.
The third season of The Mandalorian is following the development timeline of its predecessor since it was already confirmed that showrunner Jon Favreau is working on the scripts of the series last April. Now, another update has surfaced about the forthcoming third season of the hit live-action series.
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau revealed the potential challenges of shooting the already-confirmed third season of the show amid the pandemic. Favreau admitted that the "much more contained" set of the show will serve as a benefit because "you can limit the number of people:"
The fact that the set is much more contained is a benefit, because you can limit the number of people. A lot of the people controlling it are doing it remotely from what we call the Brain Bar, which is a bank of gaming computers, essentially. The amount of people near the camera could be much smaller than [usual]. We also shoot a lot outside, which is helpful, too.
Moreover, Favreau also opened up on how The Mandalorian is similar to an animated production due to the presence of a "lot of storyboards" and "scouting in virtual reality:"
We build to a moment in filming more like an animated production, where we have a lot of storyboards, a lot of discussions and scouting in virtual reality. We use cinematic tools in VR much the same way we did for The Lion King and The Jungle Book. A lot of times the actors you are seeing on the screen aren't actually there on set.
WHAT THIS MEANS
The ongoing health crisis continues to present a challenge to film and television productions, and it seems that The Mandalorian will be no stranger to the situation. Fortunately, production for the second season of the show was finished way before the pandemic spread globally which ultimately led to its upcoming release this Fall. With the third season on the horizon, it seems that Favreau and the rest of the cast and crew will carefully map out the next steps to ensure everyone's safety when they resume production.
Favreau and his team have been using cutting-edge technology (The Volume) in terms of developing and shooting The Mandalorian, and his recent comments indicate that he used it as an advantage during the health crisis. If anything, this should further prove that talks are being made behind-the-scenes as early as now, and it could hint that production for the third season will commence sooner rather than later.
It will be interesting to see how The Mandalorian crew will pull off the rest of the production plan given the tricky situation. Thankfully, the arrival of the sophomore season of The Mandalorian can help fans get reacquainted with the show while the rest of the creatives figure out the most effective way to get back to work.