The Mandalorian isn’t debuting for another few months, showrunner Jon Favreau is already discussing the status of season two.
While the general public hasn’t had a chance to see anything of it yet, Star Wars Celebration attendees were treated to full sequences, a behind the scenes reel, and a trailer. By all accounts from the show, The Mandalorian is looking all kinds of amazing. The first images and the cast list seemingly live up to that hype as well.
Even though we haven’t seen anything from it yet, and won’t debut until November 12th (when Disney+ launches), it seems work on the show’s second season has already started! During an interview on Jimmy Kimmell Live (promoting the upcoming release of The Lion King), Jon Favreau mentioned his work on The Mandalorian:
“I got together with the guy, Dave Filoni, who is my partner on this one as producer, and we’re writing this stuff and coming up – it’s honestly like turning over your toy chest and playing with all the Star Wars toys together. We’re having a great time. It’s all new characters, it’s gonna be on Disney+ coming up in the Fall, and we’re done with the first season. I was actually writing part of the second season now. So I’m having a blast.”
Moreso, while speaking with Collider at Lion King’s premiere, Favreau discussed the new techniques they’re using to create the visuals for The Mandalorian. They use VR technology to map out the sequences, which allows them to do “real-time in-camera visual effects.” It’s a pretty intensive process, as you’d imagine, which means that mapping out has to be done during the pre-production phase.
Favreau then confirmed that’s where they are now with The Mandalorian season 2, “So if you visited the set now as we’re starting to get into Season 2, it looks a lot like the set of The Lion King as we’re planning how we’re gonna shoot it ahead of time.”
Sounds like they’re moving full speed ahead with the next season, which means Disney/LFL must be pretty confident in what they’ve seen of the first season. For eager fans, it’s another step up the hype ladder and it’s always nice to know ahead of time that there’s more to look forward to.