Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are big names in the film and TV industry these days, especially among Star Wars fans. Both directors have played various major roles in bringing franchises such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars to life on big and small screens. Not just because they’re prolific in their efforts, but also because they share a deep understanding of the power of intertwining stories.
The creators and producers spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the live-action and animated Star Wars shows that have aired on Diisney+ — as well as a few that haven’t made their debut yet. They explained the importance of the various ways in which all these stories connect, and how that enriches the universe overall.
Filoni — executive producer on shows like The Mandalorian and the man in charge of coordinating much of the creative efforts behind Star Wars TV, explained the reason why not every show set in the Star Wars universe feels the same — and why that’s not a bad thing.
"“We love seeing the development of all these series … when you look at Andor and you look at Obi-Wan, [and Mando and Boba], they all do have a different feeling and a different tone. I think that’s remarkable, and really speaks to the serialized nature of Star Wars and how it can be a very flexible galaxy.”"
Favreau, who was best known among nerd fandoms for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, created The Mandalorian knowing the characters introduced (and re-introduced) in the show could eventually become part of a much larger story told within a galaxy far, far away.
"“All the shows that we’ve worked on … they all exist within the same time frame. They all exist after Return of the Jedi… There’s a lot of room for us to tell stories. And there are a lot of characters that are in play, because we know who’s around at that time… So in The Mandaloriian we begin to introduce those characters… And this affords us the opportunity to have stories that interconnect, and characters that go from one story to the other. And that creates a very rich fabric for us to explore.”"
Shows like Ahsoka and the forthcoming Skeleton Crew are just more small pieces that will make up the much bigger Star Wars Disney+ story universe. And maybe that’s a good thing.
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