Star Wars: The Mandalorian Director Shares the Series' Secret to Success

Star Wars: The Mandalorian might feature a rather straightforward narrative, however, Jon Favreau and his team of storytellers had to work hard to keep the critically-acclaimed Star Wars series deceptively simple.

Favreau and his team just recently spoke in a phone interview with Indie Wire to discuss the process behind creating The Mandalorian, and according to season finale director Taika Waititi, the key to the success of the series was its simplicity.

"A lot of films and shows can be too complicated, and you can end up in a bit of a corner by making things too complex," the Thor: Ragnarok director told the publication. "Sometimes the smartest move is to be simple. The heart of it — about a gunslinger without attachments who has to protect a child — is all you need to know. You drape the rest of the ‘Star Wars' universe over the top."

The success of The Mandalorian also lay in the synergy of Favreau's team. According to episode director Dave Filoni, the people working on The Mandalorian clicked. They all liked the same things and so there wasn't that much debate when it came to decision-making in the series.

Favreau and Filoni decided to pick episode directors with a wide range of experience. Not only was it important to Favreau that The Mandalorian episode directors understood Star Wars, the series creator also wanted the filmmakers to bring their own personalities into the episodes that they would direct.

Now, as fans patiently wait for the second season of the hit Star Wars series, one can only wonder whether Favreau will be able to replicate the same level of success. Let's cross our fingers and wait and see.

Star Wars: The Mandalorian is streaming on Disney+.

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