The Mandalrian became an instant success with the launch of Disney+ last November. As the Season 2 premiere steadily approaches, Mandalorian actor Pedro Pascal and showrunner Jon Favreau look at opportunities to expand The Mandalorian universe.
Favreau recently told reporters that the team expects to begin filming Season 3 before the end of this year. He said, “We’re operating under the assumption that we’ll be able to go forward...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.”
Back in February, Disney CEO Bob Iger was confident that The Mandalorian has the potential to spark multiple spin-off series. When Favreau was asked last month about Mandalorian spin-offs , he said, “I love the world of ‘Star Wars’ because, on the one hand, there’s a familiarity with this sub-genre, but there’s also a tremendous amount of flexibility of which way you can go and genres you could explore within that sub-genre... As we’re meeting new characters, and as we’re starting to hit our stride, from a production standpoint with how this technology can be used, we are beginning to explore where we could go.” Hopeful, but not as confident as Iger’s pre-pandemic predictions.
In terms of movies, Favreau seems slightly more optimistic. He said, “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.” The Mandalorian actor and director Taika Waititi is also set to direct an unknown Star Wars flick in the future, so a Mando film is certainly not out of the question.
Pedro Pascal is also open to creating a Mandalorian movie, but claims that he has not heard of any major discussions. “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!”
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