Jon Favreau talked to Deadline about the success of ‘Star Wars: The Mandalorian” and he offered up a bit of information about the thought process behind the series that actually brought back fan goodwill.
When Deadline asked ‘The Mandalorian’ executive producer/creator Jon Favreau, about the thought process behind the show here’s what he said:
“We wanted to really wind it back to the things that inspired the original Star Wars and really get it small in scale and tell simple stories, because part of what you inherit when you’re going to see Star Wars now is this whole history, because the stories have been told for decades, and it was nice, with the new medium, to be able to start with a new set of characters to introduce a new audience. But we always knew…and this is something I learned from…over at Marvel and working with Kevin Feige, is you always want to keep the core fans in mind, because they have been the ones that’ve been keeping the torch lit for many, many years, but these are also stories for young people and for new audiences. These are myths, and so you always want to have an outstretched hand to people who might not have that background. And so you’re really telling two stories at once. You’re telling the story for the people who are fresh eyes, and you’re telling the story for the people who’ve been there with the property and with the stories and the characters for so many years, and make sure that you’re honoring them, as well.”
The secret to the success of the series simply comes down to respecting the property, remembering the core fans and reaching out to new fans. It’s a lesson that Disney needs to remember about the Star Wars franchise moving forward. It’s a lesson that Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, executive producer/director, got right. Being fans themselves they wanted to stay true, while building the fandom. It’s a lesson Hollywood needs to learn if they are going to constantly reboot or do sequels to existing properties.
Lucasfilm needs to understand the IP and the fans that kept the franchise going for over 40 years. “Killing the past” and beloved characters doesn’t always go over well.
I’m really excited to see what ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 brings. Hopefully it stays true to itself and doesn’t chase the Baby Yoda money too much.
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