Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke with TheStarWarsShow and revealed that they’re indeed excited to explore the future of Star Wars beyond the Skywalker Saga. Suggesting they’ve only “just started” with the films they’ve made.
IGER: “Its been an incredibly fulfilling and very exciting journey, but actually, I think in many respects we’re just getting started. We’ve accomplished a lot, obviously with the saga films the Skywalker Saga and the opening of Galaxy’s Edge here in California and in Flordia. Of course, a few other films along the way and TV series.”
“But it feels like we’re just starting to mine the full potential of what Star Wars is and what Star Wars can be, and I think it took some time as Lucasfilm became part of Disney and we started thinking longterm. Not just fulfilling the interests of the fans short term, but longterm and what can happen. I get a sense that the future is far more vast than we expected to be and so there is a lot that lies ahead.”
When asked about the success of The Mandalorian, Iger makes it clear the main reason is their faith in Jon Favreau and his abilities to tell great stories alongside with incorporating the new technology as well adding to the existing material at the same time.
IGER: “Well, first of all, we have great faith in Jon [Favreau] as both as a storyteller but also as a storyteller, like George [Lucas], that knows how to use technology for the good of his stories and the good of the audience that will ultimately hear or see those stories. We had seen that with The Jungle Book, which he remade for us that I thought was brilliant in so many different ways. We certainly saw that in Lion King which was a breakthrough in many ways.”
“When Jon had pitched the idea of a Star Wars series we immediately understood not only we have a great storyteller that we had storyteller that was going to continue to write new rules of sorts or mine new territory in the terms of how he was going to use technology to tell great stories that felt fresh that felt important that felt big that took people to new places and created new experiences. That was a very decision for use to make.”
These kind words wouldn’t be terribly shocking to hear as there have been rumblings that both Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni will have a larger role within the franchise moving forward.
Bob Iger also briefly teases that in the future would be seeing television series making the jump to feature films and vice-versa.
IGER: “It could be down the road, a TV show becomes a movie or a movie becomes a TV series. I’m not making any announcements here or not, but it’s important for us.
Will we get a feature film spinoff of The Mandalorian starring Pedro Pascal? Only time will tell.
We know that The Mandalorian is getting a second season along with Kenobi and Cassian Andor shows on the horizon (the latter two shooting in the summer).
On the film front, Lucasfilm/Disney as they are said to be announcing the Star Wars 2022 project next month as it has a set release date of December 16th, 2022.
SOURCE: THE STAR WARS SHOW