Look out Netflix!
Disney is not joking around with their streaming service, Disney +. The new platform is set to launch on November 12, 2019, with their flagship series The Mandalorian being available at launch.
The Mandalorian is the first of a number of original miniseries in development by Disney that will be exclusively available on Disney +. On the Star Wars front, a Cassian Andor spinoff series has been announced, as well as a seventh season of fan-favorite Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and a rumored third (hopefully Obi-Wan) original series to follow. Marvel Studios is also developing their own shows: Falcon and Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki.
The platform allows for shorter form content (a form of content that a number of Disney subsidiaries have yet to work in) that allows their storytellers a chance to tell stories they previously couldn’t.
Ten Steps Ahead
Writer and Executive producer of The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau, has been busy promoting his new film The Lion King. Collider.com had a chance to interview the director and told them that he is already working on the second season of The Mandalorian.
He stated the following
“I keep getting pulled deeper into the orbit of Disney, but fortunately the stuff that Disney’s working on is the stuff that I love. I wanted to do a Star Wars TV show like The Mandalorian and pitched it to them and they were very open to it. I even wrote four episodes before I even was hired to do it because I was excited as a fan to see what these stories might be and see if they were interested in doing what I was interested in, which they were. And I was actually writing Season 2 this morning before I came here.”Jon Favreau to Collider.com
The sentiment he also iterated on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Check out the clip below.
The famed director explained the pre-production and technical side of The Mandalorian and why it’s essential to start the planning process so early stating:
“In The Mandalorian because we’re doing live-action production, we’re using the Epic game engine and using that to do real-time in-camera visual effects. So if you visited the set for The Mandalorian you would’ve seen a completely video-wall wrapped stage and we were in there filming the characters in the foreground, and oftentimes either blue screen or full digital versions of set extensions in the background with Parallax, because the positional data of the camera was informing the backgrounds, so it was like a translight that had perspective. So that allowed us to have environments—as long as we could build them digitally and put enough work into planning it, we could have the game engine be used for creating effects in a timeframe that allows us to get a TV season done.”Jon Favreau to Collider.com
Favreau has directed a number of successful films such as Elf (2003), Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Jungle Book (2016) as well as this year’s The Lion King (2019). The later two have helped hone his technicals skills with a camera… skills that would come in handy when developing the first season of The Mandalorian.
“But all of that requires us to use the same v-cam techniques in pre-production on The Mandalorian so that we know exactly what we need to see. So if you visited the set now as we’re starting to get into Season 2, it looks a lot like the set of The Lion King as we’re planning how we’re gonna shoot it ahead of time.”Jon Favreau to Collider.com
The Mandalorian premieres with Disney + on November 12, 2019 and stars Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Gina Carano (Deadpool), Carl Weathers (Rocky, Happy Gilmore, Predator), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnorak, What We Do in the Shadows), Nick Nolte (48 Hours, Warrior), and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad).
Are you glad to see Favreau already working on Season 2 of The Mandalorian?