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Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Jon Favreau's Star Wars series gives a nod to the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special
The Mandalorian will feature a blaster inspired from the derided 1978 Star Wars TV special.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 3:56AM EDT
Star Wars live-action TV series The Mandalorian reveals its first image, announces directors including Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard
The What We Do in the Shadows director and the Jurassic World co-star -- whose dad, Ron Howard, directed Solo: A Star Wars Story -- will be among the first non-white male directors to ever direct a live-action Star Wars project, joining TV veteran Deborah Chow and Dope director Rick Famuyiwa. The first episode will be directed by Star Wars: The Clone Wars vet Dave Filoni.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Jon Favreau reveals Star Wars TV series details, announces The Mandalorian title
In an Instagram post, Favreau revealed his live-action Star Wars series for the Disney's new streaming service will be set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe," he wrote, in the style of Star Wars' iconic opening crawls. "The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic…” As TVLine notes, The Mandalorian is "a reference to a legendary tribe of warriors in Star Wars canon. Bounty hunter Boba Fett, a cult favorite from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, wore Mandalorian armor in honor of the tribe."
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 1:07PM EDT
Star Wars live-action TV series set pictures surface on the web
Source: The Mary Sue
The set pics for the upcoming Disney Play streaming service series definitely have a "Tatooine vibe to it."
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars is expected to cost $100 million, or $10 million an episode
The New York Times reports that Disney's unnamed streaming service has taken on the nickname "Disneyflix" in Hollywood, after Netflix. The Times also reports that the streaming service is expected to spend $10 million an episode for 10 episodes of the live-action Star Wars. Favreau says the streaming service "affords a wonderful opportunity to tell stories that stretch out over multiple chapters." The cost would make the show one of the most expensive on TV.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Jon Favreau reveals the live-action Star Wars timeline
The director told Nerdist the live-action series will be set seven years after Return of the Jedi.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Jon Favreau is the creative equivalent of vanilla ice cream, which makes him perfect for the live-action Star Wars TV series
Source: The Ringer
Favreau is the perfect choice because he has a history of making stylistic, broadly appealing hits. "Lucasfilm doesn’t want to take anything close to a risk with its first live-action TV series," says Miles Surrey. "This will be the preeminent product of Disney’s new streaming service, an incentive for people who might not want to fork over another monthly fee if they’re not getting any worthwhile content. Think of Favreau’s new series like the way Netflix approached House of Cards: The company got a famous, recognizable director (David Fincher) and two bankable movie stars (Robin Wright and a pre-scandal Kevin Spacey) for its first big stab at original programming. Now that five years have passed and Netflix has the budget to produce 700 pieces of original content in 2018 alone, the company can afford to get a little strange through sheer volume. Dark never could have been one of Netflix’s first shows, but now, why not?"
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 12:17PM EST
Jon Favreau to write and produce the live-action Star Wars TV series
Favreau has been tapped to helm the live-action Star Wars TV series for Disney's upcoming streaming service. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made the announcement this morning, saying the Iron Man and Elf director "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.” For his part, Favreau said: "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.”
- Some fans are unhappy that "another straight white dude" was hired for Star Wars, especially on International Women's Day
- "Bad PR timing," tweeted IndieWire editor Ann Thompson. "But women have a tough time getting the experience they need to compete for plum jobs like this."
- Even movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse criticized the decision not to pick a woman
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 6:30PM EST
Ex-Obama staffers’ are bringing their Pod Save America podcast to HBO
Former Obama administration officials Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor will adapt their popular left-leaning podcast into a series of hour-long specials focused on the midterm elections this fall. The news follows this week's premiere of another HBO project based on a podcast, 2 Dope Queens.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
Stephen Colbert’s Late Show will air live after President Trump’s State of the Union Address
This will be Colbert’s first live show since Trump last addressed a joint session of Congress last February. Colbert’s guests that night will include two sets of podcast hosts — Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett of Pod Save America and Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson from 2 Dope Queens.
# TOPICS: CBS, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jessica Williams, Jon Favreau (actor/director), Jon Lovett, Phoebe Robinson, Stephen Colbert, Tommy Vietor, Late Night, State of the Union Address, Trump Presidency