Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” is getting the feature film treatment.
Creator Jon Favreau is set to direct movie “The Mandalorian and Grogu,” which IndieWire can confirm will go into production in 2024. “The Mandalorian” series follows a helmet-wearing bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) who starts the show on the run to protect the child, Grogu, as Baby Yoda is formally called.
No casting for the film has been announced yet.
“I have loved telling stories set in the rich world that George Lucas created,” Favreau said in a press statement. “The prospect of bringing the Mandalorian and his apprentice Grogu to the big screen is extremely exciting.”
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy added, “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.”
Director Favreau, Kennedy, and Filoni will produce “The Mandalorian and Grogu.” The newly-announced film joins upcoming “Star Wars” installments helmed by Filoni, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and James Mangold. Obaid-Chinoy will be the first female filmmaker to direct a “Star Wars” movie with the upcoming sequel to “The Rise of Skywalker” marking actress Daisy Ridley’s return to character Rey.
“Ahsoka” showrunner Filoni was named Lucasfilm’s Chief Creative Officer in November 2023.
“In the past, in a lot of projects I would be brought into it, I would see it after it had already developed a good ways,” Filoni told Vanity Fair. “In this new role, it’s opened up to basically everything that’s going on. When we’re planning the future of what we’re doing now, I’m involved at the inception phase. I’m not telling people what to do. But I do feel I’m trying to help them tell the best story that they want to tell. I need to be a help across the galaxy here, like a part of a Jedi Council almost.”
Meanwhile, “The Mandalorian” Season 3 aired in March 2023, with producer Filoni telling IndieWire that “there was a fusion of the old and the new for live-action” for the series.
“But we never went inside the domes, really [on ‘The Clone Wars’]. We couldn’t build that expansively on that show. So we had a large amount of time where we could say, ‘Well, what does this look like now?’” Filoni said of upping the production design.