Jon Favreau is absolutely killing it with his work on The Mandalorian. From dropping that crazy cameo in the show’s second season finale to bringing Boba Fett back into canon, he seems to understand what Star Wars fans want, when they want it, and how they want it. That may be why the acclaimed writer-director is reportedly pushing back against Lucasfilm’s interference on his wildly popular show.
Gossip writer Daniel Richtman brings word that The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau is not pleased with Lucasfilm’s supposed micromanaging, and is actively pushing back against Kathleen Kennedy’s oversight. He reportedly wants full control over the Mando-Verse and has long been at odds with the Lucasfilm president. This latest word is just a rumor, though, so please take it with a grain of salt. Nothing has been confirmed or even really solidly reported on yet, so it is best to wait this out and hope that Favreau sticks around to give us more quality Star Wars stories.
The first season of The Mandalorian debuted on Disney+ in November 2019, immediately enthralling fans with a winning mix of high-stakes action, surprising cameos, great galaxy-building, and a certain egg-slurping, Force-sensitive Yodaling. Following its massively successful freshman outing, the show was quickly renewed for a second season, which hit the streaming service in October 2020 and continued the show’s tradition of wowing fans in unexpected ways. From that previously mentioned Boba Fett return to a certain disgraced Jedi showing up to kick butt and liberate villages, the show packs in tons of fan service even as it crafts something that is entertaining without the aid of nostalgia. It is an impressive slice of television that we hope Favreau and Lucasfilm continue to feed us.
It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out, if it plays out at all. As stated previously, Kathleen Kennedy and Jon Favreau have had warring plans for The Mandalorian for months now. That is the kind of creative clashing that can kill a project, so hopefully, it does not escalate or evolve into something from which Favreau will walk away.
A third season of The Mandalorian has been confirmed, as have several spin-off shows that will build toward a huge crossover event. Rangers of the New Republic, Ahsoka, and The Book of Boba Fett are all set with the show’s timeline, so it will be exciting to see how Favreau’s involvement continues to elevate the franchise.
In terms of what is up next in the Star Wars universe, Lucasfilm is releasing the post-Clone Wars, pre-Rebels series The Bad Batch in May-Star Wars day, to be specific. Check out the animated side of Star Wars, too, because so much of that content is just incredible. And if for some reason you have not caught up on The Mandalorian yet but are interested in doing so, go ahead and take the plunge. It is absolutely worth it, and we think you will really enjoy the direction in which Jon Favreau is taking things.