Marvel Studios seem to be stirring up inspiration in the galaxy world of Star Wars.
MCU’s Special Presentation format on Disney+ started off this very year with Michael Giacchino’s Werewolf by Night which follows the intriguingly dark story of a lycanthrope superhero. A tribute to the genre of pulpy horror fiction, it premiered this October and immediately bagged critical acclamation upon its release.
And now, Jonathan Kasdan, one of the Lucasfilm’s Star Wars producer, wants to reproduce something akin to the MCU’s Special Presentation format on Disney+ for their own franchise. Although Star Wars has had its own version of television specials over the years like LEGO Star Wars, the 43-year-old Lucasfilm producer is of the firm conviction that they should be drawing inspiration from Marvel for any future Special Presentations the franchise wants to work on.
What Are Marvel Special Presentations?
Werewolf by Night is the first Marvel Special Presentation of its kind that was announced by Michael Giacchino this September, starring Gael García and Laura Donnelly. And James Gunn‘s The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is yet another such project that adopted the MCU’s Special Presentation format, spreading the Christmas cheer all around.
Both these television specials have managed to win over the audience and Marvel already seems to be planning on releasing more such films in the foreseeable future.
This one-hour Special Presentation format is thus set apart from that of the episodic series, and because Star Wars is yet to experiment with these types of projects, it could certainly be a great new addition to the franchise.
Jonathan Kasdan on Mirroring MCU Special Presentations for Star Wars
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the producer of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jonathan Kasdan, talked about Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra that debuted in the 2018 sci-fi/adventure film and what his plans for the character were in the upcoming future.
Kasdan admitted that he’s fretful about discussing the character’s future with the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy. However, he seems to have been heavily impressed by the MCU television special Werewolf by Night, and would “love to see Lucasfilm” adopt the former’s Special Presentation format on Disney+ for Star Wars.
“I don’t honestly know. I’m always afraid to ask Kathy because she can see right through me. Despite all my resistance, she instantly sees right through me, and she can see my desire to tell more stories there. But in recent months, I have been intrigued by the wonderful Werewolf by Night as a potential form of storytelling on Disney+. So I would love to see Lucasfilm embrace a short-form novella version for telling some of their stories. That certainly seems like a place where future stories about those characters could live.”
Maybe Lucasfilm could use a little change of scenery as Kasdan suggested and think about emulating the MCU’s work with regard to television specials.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter