With Disney claiming to be “platform-agnostic,” is it possible that The Mandalorian would go the other way, from streaming series to theatrical film? Here’s what its creator Jon Favreau and his interpreter Pedro Pascal think about it.
While the fans await the second season of The Mandalorian for October 30 in streaming his Disney+, another voice takes hold: a film based on The Mandalorian interpreted by Pedro Pascal, a real film by Star Wars for the cinema with those characters? In a context in which Disney CEO Bob Chapek has declared that the company will free itself from any preconception about the destination of each production, but keeping a focus on streaming, few have thought about the reverse step: in times of pandemic and moving Soul right on the digital platform, it was difficult to be optimistic in this regard. Still, talking about the prospect with Hollywood Reporter, the creator of the series Jon favreau and Pedro Pascal himself said the following …
Will the Mandalorian be the new Star Wars in theaters? Jon Favreau’s opinion
Jon favreau, creator of The Mandalorian and in the cinema director of hits like the first two Iron Man, The Jungle Book and The Lion King, proved a possibilist on a cinematic work based on the adventures of the Mandalorian. Here are his words:
The border blurs. Things that you would only see at the cinema, you see them in streaming, and in my opinion the opposite could also happen. […] We are definitely open to the possibility, we are excited to see where the story will lead us and the idea of having that flexibility, what time there are no rules.
Let it be clear that Favreau’s focus at this moment is there third season of the series and possibly the spin-off that had been aired by the management: at the moment he is not concretely thinking about moving to the big screen. That “There are no rules“however, it is an epochal symbol of the situation we are experiencing, and indeed already there Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe it was presented as a fusion of theatrical movies and TV series streaming on Disney + (long before Covid). As a counter provocation, one could imagine what it would have become of Solo: A Star Wars Story if it was a Disney + original. Would he have been welcomed with more serenity?
The possibilities of The Mandalorian in cinema, Pedro Pascal speaks
Also Pedro Pascal, interpreter (95% faceless!) of The Mandalorian rightly had something to say about the series’ possible cinematic move, in the same Variety article:
It’s such a great job, I’d love to see it in the form of experience for the big screen. But on the other hand it seems to work so well that I’m not so sure I want it to be compromised by a change, I don’t know if you understand me. I certainly know that the challenge would be within our reach, it is not that these people do not have the necessary experience. If anyone can do such a thing, that’s them!
Simply put, Pascal is actually suggesting that the idea of untying a creation from his own fruition, however attractive and even commercially sensible, may risk distorting it. A reality remains: the sub-universe of The Mandalorian within Star Wars was perhaps the only one that has made everyone agree on the recovery of the real Starwarsian spirit, intermittent in the insecure new film trilogy. We imagine that few will object to the idea that it expands naturally, and with the Star Wars The High Republic multimedia project just started, the joint use of different channels to convey related contents could become more and more a practice. Figuring out how to make it work regularly, beyond isolated and promotional experiments, could be the real audiovisual challenge of the millennium.