Disney’s company Q1 earnings call happened today which was hosted by CEO Bob Iger, where he confirmed that the second season of The Mandalorian will begin airing on Disney+ starting in October.
IGER: “On the Star Wars front, as I mentioned in previous calls, we’re taking a bit of hiatus in terms of theatrical release we’ve finished the nine episode Skywalker Saga and we’re developing both television and features.”
He then teased the potential of a Season 3 and possibly even giving characters from the show their own spinoffs.
IGER: “The priority in the next few years is television with The Mandalorian season two coming in October and then more coming from the Mandalorian there after including the possibility of infusing it with more characters and the possibility of taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series.”
Bob Iger also continued to amplify the potential of The Mandalorian to attract new international audiences (in China and elsewhere) that might have been overwhelmed with the Skywalker Saga, as many of them didn’t grow up with the original six films.
IGER: “One of the interesting things by the way about Star Wars and The Mandalorian, because there has been somethings written after The Rise of Skywalker that the popularity of Star Wars in certain international markets has never caught-on. One of the reasons for that is there isn’t a Star Wars legacy in many of these markets, China being a main one where people didn’t grow up on that franchise or that brand. So when they tuned into the Skywalker legacy there had been too much that had already gone on in the past that was not familiar to them and they didn’t want to get aboard late.”
“That’s not true with Mandalorian, because Mandalorian even though it’s based on obvious certain Star Wars characters, elements, and places you don’t have to know anything about the history of Star Wars in terms of an access point or terms of your interest.”
HN Entertainment first revealed last year that The Mandalorian would be getting a second season before it was officially announced by Lucasfilm/Disney.
We know that showrunner Jon Favreau and actor Carl Weathers (has a directing background) will be directing episodes in Season 2.
Production is expected to be underway in California.
The entire first season is currently available to stream on Disney+.
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. The series depicts a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Iger reaffirmed that their Kenobi and Cassian Andor shows are still officially moving forward.
IGER: “Then we have a prequel to Rogue One and an Obi-Wan series also in development.”
“So the priority for Star Wars in the short term is going to be television for Disney+ and then we will have more to say about development of theatrical soon after that…”
Actor Ewan McGregor had recently revealed on the red carpet of the premiere of his DC Comics’ film Birds of Prey that his untitled Kenobi series directed by Deborah Chow has been delayed from this summer to January 2021.
This response was coming off the back of multiple reports that Lucasfilm had been unhappy with the scripts that had been developed for the series and were seeking new writers leading to crew members at Pinewood Studios UK being told to go home without being told when they’d return.
Star Wars 2022 is still officially set for release on December 16th, 2022 but we have no official word what that will be and Bob Iger didn’t really give the impression that news is coming anytime soon, despite a trade report claiming we’d hear something official last month.