There Is A 'Mandalorian' Movie Possibly In Development
Should This Happen?
The Mandalorian has been so successful that it has united much of the Star Wars fandom after a few divisive films. In terms of the visuals, the quality of the series is comparable to what one might see on the big screen. With that in mind, there may be some who would love to see a film spin off of the series and onto the big screen. In fact, series creator Jon Favreau himself seems open to the idea, saying that
“The line is blurring now. Things that you would have only seen in the movie theater, you’re seeing on streaming, and I think it could go the other way as well. But we’re definitely open to it and excited to see where the story leads us and have that flexibility.”
The line certainly has been blurring, especially when you take into account that the upcoming Marvel shows being produced for Disney+ will be film-level quality and tie into the theatrical films. However, Favreau states that there is no rush, though he is not opposed to the idea:
"But we’re definitely open to it, and excited to see where the story leads us and have that flexibility — because there’s no rulebook now."
So it seems that there are no immediate plans for a film, but Favreau has not ruled it out. Perhaps it is an idea that has not grown very much, but could someday. Din Djarin actor Pedro Pascal also indicated his feelings about the possibility of doing a film:
“I think that the work is so beautiful that I would love for that to be held by a big screen experience. But it seems to work so well that also I’m not sure it’s something that I would want corrupted by any kind of change, you know?”
He does have a fair point. Sometimes, TV shows are followed by a film that does not feel quite up to par with the series itself. The X-Files: Fight the Future, while perhaps not necessarily bad, does not feel exactly like the series. Then again, fans of the TV show Firefly fans do enjoy the film follow-up Serenity. Come to think of it, The Mandalorian, being a space western TV show, is comparable to Firefly. So perhaps it is possible to create a story that would be worthy of the big screen while also honoring the series that came before it.
If a film were to be made using the characters from The Mandalorian, one would have to wonder when it would be released in relation to the upcoming slate of Star Wars films, which are tentatively set for release in December 2023, 2025, and 2027. Would the film take any of these spots and push other projects back? Does it need to be theatrical, or can it be a Disney+ original film? Given the effects of the pandemic on theater chains, it is hard to predict that such a film would be a guarantee for the big screen.
Personally, I would be fine with The Mandalorian remaining on the small screen. It's been a good thing on there, and it already feels like a movie, just divided into parts. There is no need to go all out just to make a theatrical film out of it. I love that the show has followed new characters, and I would want future theatrical Star Wars films to introduce more new characters and new conflicts rather than continuing the same thing.
For the time being, we have season 2 of The Mandalorian to look forward to, and season 3 is going into production before the end of the year. We should enjoy the TV show in the meantime. Season 2 premieres October 30 on Disney+.
Written By Steven Shinder
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