Robert Rodriguez is one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the science-fiction genre and with years of Hollywood experience under his belt, it's quite baffling to think that he just made his Star Wars debut in The Mandalorian Season 2. The director's supposed brief stint in the series was so well-received that it landed him a permanent job in Lucasfilm as the mastermind behind the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett and that's probably just the tip of the iceberg.
According to the Spy Kids director, he's a self-confessed TheMandalorian fan, and believe it or not, he would send the show's creator Jon Favreau emails fanboying over his work in the hit Disney+ series as well as his previous projects. As fate (or probably the Force) would have it, his fan mail would become instrumental in him landing a job in the franchise, and apparently, it all happened at the place and right time.
During an interview with CBR, Rodriguez revealed just how exactly he found himself in a galaxy far, far away. He said: "I've been friends with [Jon Favreau] for a long time and I wrote him after the third episode. I would send him emails from back in the day saying my kids loved Zathura and they would watch it over and over again. I'd always be sending him fan mail, so I sent him fan mail about this Mandalorian episode, like, 'Man, another one out of the park! Kickass job!' And he said, 'Actually, can I call you? I just lost one of my directors. Do you want to come to bring some of that Alita magic?"
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Obviously, Favreau made the right call by getting Rodriguez's services because "The Tragedy" ended up becoming an explosive episode, not to mention a pivotal point in the MandoVerse. Not only that, but it pretty much paved the way for the returning Boba Fett to extend his stay in the Star Wars franchise and now, he's set to headline his own spinoff series overseen by no less than Rodriguez himself.
The Book of Boba Fett will premiere this December on Disney+.