The first set pics for the new live-action Star Wars TV series have surfaced, heralding the beginning of production for Jon Favreau’s ambitious new project.
Jon Favreau is an exceptionally busy filmmaker, and it seems the majority of projects he is involved in these days are big-budget blockbusters with a touch more cinematic class and majesty than many of the popcorn cash-grabs doing the rounds. The Lion King, various Star Wars stints, and his producing role on Avengers 4 are just some of the big gigs he has been heavily involved in of recent, and now that he has true creative control over the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series – which Favreau will write and direct for Lucasfilm – the nerd world is just a little excited.
From initial reports, it seems the show will consist of 10 episodes, with a $100M production budget, and based on recent new set pics, it appears as if the writer-director is on the verge of starting production/filming on the new project. Popular fan website Making Star Wars has released these first pics of the new set…
We are not quite sure what these pics show – looks like the backdrop of a part of a city? Yet, all reports have told us that the show will be set on the planet of Mandalore three years after the Empire’s downfall – so we are guessing it probably is Mandalore.
The planet will apparently be in a state of turmoil when things begin, this could open new storylines for characters like Sabine Wren and Lady Bo-Katan – and could potentially bring back any amount of famous characters, and this time to the small screen instead of the big screen.
Many of the franchise’s most iconic heroes and villains were still alive at this particular time in the Star Wars universe, so the possibilities are endless.
Excited yet? We are.
Favreau – a man known for his heavy attention to detail, solid scripting and deft direction, will undoubtedly be setting out to please fans in a major way. We here at Instabamm are truly excited to see him helming a Star Wars project – and we are SO MUCH MORE excited about this than Episode IX.
If you have missed out on news about this whole series and Jon Favreau’s involvement, here’s the initial statement from Starwars.com announcing the project…
Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau has signed on to executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s new direct-to-consumer platform. Favreau is no stranger to the Star Wars galaxy having played roles in both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.”
Favreau is thrilled to be returning to the Star Wars galaxy: “If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
Disney’s collaborations with Favreau extend back a decade, when he helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe as director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and as an executive producer of the Iron Man and Avengers films for Marvel Studios. For Disney, he directed and produced the massively successful The Jungle Book, which won an Academy Award for its ground-breaking visual effects. He is currently in production on Disney’s highly anticipated reimagining of The Lion King, set for release in 2019.
The untitled Star Wars live-action series does not yet have a release date.