Jon Favreau Says The Mandalorian Focuses On “The Mad Max Aspect Of Star Wars”

by Erik Amaya


After so much mystery, Disney+’s The Mandalorian will make its public debut with a trailer at D23 on Friday. But just ahead of that launch, executive producer Jon Favreau spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the series, how he keeps using new technologies to deliver stories, and the parts of Star Wars he wanted to focus on with the upcoming streaming program.
“I love the idea of the darker, freakier side of Star Wars, the Mad Max aspect of Star Wars,” he told the site. The Mad Max aspect specifically refers to the windswept and sand-baked look of Tatoonine, the first planet ever seen in a Star Wars story. “I’m trying to evoke the aesthetics of not just the original trilogy but the first film. Not just the first film but the first act of the first film.” That rundown, lived-in look set the original film apart from other science fiction films of the day. It also continues to be a touchstone for filmmakers working in the Star Wars milieu after creator George Lucas sold the whole thing to Disney.
Lucas may have walked away from the rundown look for the prequel trilogy, but the Phantom Menace director still inspires Favreau. To The Mandalorian executive producer, Lucas is “the bedrock” of not just the storytelling, but the technology used to realize the Outer Rim worlds viewers will visit in the new series. And, to be honest, that look impressed us when we saw an early version of the trailer and a clip from The Mandalorian back at Star Wars Celebration. It has that Star Wars quality in a implicit way and we cannot wait to see more from the series on Friday.
The Mandalorian debuts with Disney+ on November 12th.

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