One of the more unexpected easter eggs of the recent “The Mandalorian” series premiere was a shout out to ‘Life Day’, a part of the bizarre and infamous 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special”.
The long ridiculed one-off celebrating the Wookiee holiday aired on CBS over forty years ago and remains a cult classic with actors Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford to Mark Hamill co-starring in a corporate-forced trainwreck of a special that was never rebroadcast or officially released on home video – existing only as bootleg copies from tape recordings.
Even so, it has its moments from a famed Boba Fett cartoon to a singing and cynical Bea Arthur tending bar at the Mos Eisley cantina. Now “Mandalorian” show runner Jon Favreau has hinted that he’s ready to resurrect it. Asked about the possibility by Variety this week, he says:
“Oh I would definitely be interested in doing a holiday special, and I’m not going to say who I would be interested in. But one of the people is the member of the cast in an upcoming episode of the show. So we’ll leave it at that for now.
I’ve been thinking about it. It’s ready, the ideas are ready. I think it could be really fun. Not as part of this, but there’s an excitement around it because it was so fun and weird, and off and not connected to what ‘Star Wars’ was in the theater. ‘The Mandalorian’ cartoon, the Boba Fett cartoon, from the holiday special was definitely a point of inspiration for what we did in the show.”
Favreau is currently busy with production on the second season of “The Mandalorian” now underway for Disney+ to air probably late next year.