We’ve yet to see any real footage from Disney’s first live-action “Star Wars” TV series “The Mandalorian,” but today comes word that work is already underway on a second season.
Jon Favreau created the series which is set five years after the events of “Return of the Jedi” in the outer reaches of the galaxy.
Speaking with Collider this week during “The Lion King” press rounds, Favreau says he wrote scripts for the first season of the series on spec and is currently in the midst of writing a second season:
“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 series will anchor the Disney+ streaming service when it launches in November.
In fact, he’s actually already in pre-production on the second season with the team using VR technology to map out precisely how the live-action pieces of “The Mandalorian” are shot in order to render visual effects in real-time:
“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 that allowed us to have environments – as long as we could build them digitally and put enough work into planning it, we could have the game engine be used for creating effects in a timeframe that allows us to get a TV season done. But all of that requires us to use the same v-cam techniques in pre-production on ‘The Mandalorian’ so that we know exactly what we need to see.
So if you visited the set now as we’re starting to get into Season 2, it looks a lot like the set of The Lion King as we’re planning how we’re gonna shoot it ahead of time.”
In other words, this type of filmmaking requires a LOT more pre-production work to get going but once filming begins it’s a relatively streamlined and quicker process. The first season of the series contains eight episodes and stars the likes of Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers and Werner Herzog.