Polish up your beskar, Lucasfilm has announced The Mandalorian and his foundling Grogu will be jumping from the small screen to the big screen.
The Mandalorian and Grogu are headed to the big screen.— Star Wars (@starwars) January 9, 2024
Directed by Jon Favreau, and produced by Favreau, Kathleen Kennedy, and Dave Filoni, The Mandalorian & Grogu will go into production later this year.
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In an article on StarWars.com, it was announced that after three seasons on Disney Plus, Din Djarin and Grogu will join Star Wars’ legacy at the cinema as a film to be directed by longtime The Mandalorian executive producer Jon Favreau will go into production in 2024.
The Mandalorian & Grogu will be produced by Favreau, alongside Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy and Dave Filoni, who late last year was promoted to Lucasfilm chief creative officer.
Kennedy told the Star Wars website, “Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have ushered into Star Wars two new and beloved characters, and this new story is a perfect fit for the big screen.”
When we last saw Din Djarin and Grogu at the end of the third season of The Mandalorian on Disney Plus, they had just helped Bo-Katan and her Night Owls, united with the Children of the Watch, retake Mandalore after a (seemingly) final confrontation with Moff Gideon. Mando formally adopted Grogu and seemingly settled on Nevarro. Will it be some work for Carson Teva that brings Mando and Grogu back into the fray? It will be interesting to see what will drive the plot in this film and whether it ties into the events of Ahsoka and/or The Book of Boba Fett.
No matter what the story, it is encouraging that this movie will be going right into production this year, as Lucasfilm has developed a bit of a checkered history of announcing Star Wars movie projects to much fanfare and abandoning them before they can ever get off the ground. One wonders if Filoni’s new role, which he said would have him involved in the inception phase of projects, has helped bring this movie to fruition in a more organized and timely manner.
Given the industry shifting away from streaming a bit of late and Disney’s own struggles when it comes to streaming and the costs associating with producing content for Disney Plus, it’s not necessarily surprising that The Mandalorian is going to the big screen. Although, it does certainly bring into question what the future may look like for content produced specifically for Disney Plus. Is the age of Star Wars and Marvel TV series coming to an end? It is interesting to note that in the same article announcing The Mandalorian & Grogu, it is casually revealed that Filoni is currently developing a second season of the Ahsoka series. Given the events of the Ahsoka season 1 finale, it was assumed that some type of follow-up would be coming, but this is the first confirmation of those plans.
Also in the article announcing The Mandalorian & Grogu, Lucasfilm also confirmed films from Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, James Mangold and Dave Filoni remain part of its ongoing feature film development slate. Star Wars needs to start actually releasing the films it announces to get away from what feels like a self-fulfilling prophecy of creative issues in the galaxy far, far away. There has been a bit of a dark cloud hanging over Star Wars feature film development since the negative response to the release of Rise of Skywalker in 2019, so it feels like Star Wars, and Disney as a whole, could use a big box office win. And one would assume The Mandalorian & Grogu could be just what the doctor (Aphra) ordered.
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