Waiting Silently For Season 2
Jon Favreau has made the announcement: We'll get a Season 2 of "The Mandalorian" in the fall of 2020. The executive producer put out the tweet heralding the news today, just as Chapter 8 winds up Season 1. The figure that Favreau included in his tweet is of course a Gamorrean, those guys who guarded Jabba at his palace in Return Of the Jedi.
It seems like it's quite far away from now, but that's the price we must pay to see more greatness. Now that "The Mandalorian" is basically the biggest show on Disney+, perhaps they want to keep people hanging on to the new streaming network throughout the year.
They Keep Pulling Him Back In
But make no mistake -- the second season has been in the works for a while. Favreau spoke with Collider in July to say that Season 2 was in pre-production.
“I keep getting pulled deeper into the orbit of Disney, but fortunately the stuff that Disney’s working on is the stuff that I love. I wanted to do a Star Wars TV show like 'The Mandalorian' and pitched it to them and they were very open to it.
I even wrote four episodes before I even was hired to do it because I was excited as a fan to see what these stories might be and see if they were interested in doing what I was interested in, which they were. And I was actually writing Season 2 this morning before I came here.”
"The Mandalorian" takes place before the First Order and after the fall of the Empire.
The series has received plenty of rave reviews, and it was partly due to that little green infant in swaddling clothes that we know as Baby Yoda.
Right now, the folks at Disney are scrambling to get some of that official Baby Yoda merch out, since demand is hot and heavy.
A Lot Of Technology For an Itty Bitty Baby
"The Mandalorian" uses VR technology similar to how the newest The Lion King was made.
Favreau spoke with Collider about how "The Mandalorian" is created, and things get technical from here:
“In 'The Mandalorian' because we’re doing live-action production, we’re using the Epic game engine and using that to do real-time in-camera visual effects.
So if you visited the set for 'The Mandalorian' you would’ve seen a completely video-wall wrapped stage and we were in there filming the characters in the foreground, and oftentimes either blue screen or full digital versions of set extensions in the background with Parallax, because the positional data of the camera was informing the backgrounds, so it was like a translight that had perspective.”
So if pre-production was under way in July, imagine where they are now.