Star Wars Director Jon Favreau Talks About the Challenge of 'Remixing' George Lucas for The Mandalorian

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Star Wars might have had some pretty divisive entries as of late with the release of controversial films like The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, however, it seems like the fanbase has finally found itself agreeing on one thing – Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

The first-ever live-action series in the galaxy far, far away, The Mandalorian managed to please both fans and critics that appreciate the show's compact story and it's adorable mascot, Baby Yoda.

Speaking in an interview with Deadline to discuss his critically-acclaimed series, The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau opens up about the main goal of the show – to make the project feel "akin to what George (Lucas) had done" when he first started Star Wars.

"This was an opportunity to prune everything back to the beginnings again," the Iron Man director told the publication, "and having new characters allow us to do that."

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Though the series had the benefit of taking advantage of technological advancements in filmmaking, Favreau tried his best to return to Star Wars' roots. The director looked into westerns and samurai films to pull genre elements into his show, just like George Lucas did when he first developed A New Hope.

"What was really mind-blowing is there's so much to trying to create that authenticity, to make it feel akin to what George had done," said Favreau, "and then you realize that George was doing it without a road map."

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While the Jungle Book director had the advantage of following Lucas' original roadmap, Favreau added his own special spice to the series with his technological savvy and his own talent at compact storytelling.

Star Wars: The Mandalorian is available for streaming on Disney+. Season 2 is expected to premiere sometime this October.

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