January 9, 2024
by Bespin Bulletin

After months of rumours that the highly anticipated fourth season could be adapted into theatrical film, Lucasfilm have officially announced The Mandalorian and Grogu via StarWars.com

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Lucasfilm confirmed that the title of The Mandalorian film is The Mandalorian and Grogu with production announced to begin later this year. No writer was announced in attachment to the project, but you would assume that writing duties would be bestowed upon Jon Favreau (maybe alongside Dave Filoni), who was confirmed to be directing the picture. Favreau, Filoni and Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, are listed as producers on the theatrical release. The Mandalorian and Grogu appears to be the next Star Wars theatrical release as the Lucasfilm blog posts adds “that it will lead Lucasfilm’s ongoing feature-development slate,” meaning it’s likely taking the previously announced untitled Star Wars movie date of May 22nd, 2026.

Director of The Mandalorian and Grogu, Jon Favreau, said of the project, “I have loved telling stories set in the rich world that George Lucas created. The prospect of bringing the Mandalorian and his apprentice Grogu to the big screen is extremely exciting.” Kathleen Kennedy added, “Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have ushered into Star Wars two new and beloved characters, and this new story is a perfect fit for the big screen.”

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Little else was officially revealed from Lucasfilm and Disney in the announcement. Rumours of the fourth season of The Mandalorian being morphed into a feature film have been going around for many months, with MakingStarWars.net being the first to break the news that Lucasfilm and Disney were considering the idea back in the Summer amidst the ongoing Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes back in July. Deadline are currently reporting that both The Mandalorian and Grogu and The Mandalorian season four are in development, though no other outlet currently is and Lucasfilm have not shared whether or not the newly announced film is a retooling of season four (you’d assume it is) or if both a fourth season of The Mandalorian and the Favreau directed are in development.

MSW shared in his July article that executives at Disney and Lucasfilm were merely considering their options when it came to the fourth season of The Mandalorian. One idea, which executives reportedly liked, was to turn the planned fourth season into a theatrical release instead of having it be a series on Disney+. At the time of the report, MakingStarWars shared that nothing had been decided and that it would depend on how significant of an impact the two aforementioned strikes would have on the planned production of The Mandalorian season four which was initially planned to start filming at the tail end of September 2023, but was delayed into 2024 due to the strikes.

I reported in December that I had heard The Mandalorian season four was aiming to film in February of this year. This was information I was told in November – MakingStarWars also heard this from their own independent sources. However, and I’m sure some readers will doubt this, last week I was informed that filming was no longer planned for February from two sources and shared this knowledge with MakingStarWars. Production on the planned fourth season of the series was delayed twice and as stated in the initial MakingStarWars article, the fourth season of the series could become a film if production is heavily impacted, and it seems to have been.

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The rumours of The Mandalorian season four being re-tooled into a film arose again last month when host of The Hot Mic podcast and industry insider, Jeff Sneider, shared that he’d heard from his sources that The Mandalorian season four is becoming a movie, that it’ll be the next Star Wars movie to be released in theatres and that it could be announced by the end of 2023. By all accounts, it appears to be the next Star Wars theatrical release given that it’s looking to film this year and the next Star Wars release is dated for May 2026.

It was widely believed that the May 2026 date would see the release of the untitled Rey Skywalker movie led by Daisy Ridley. The film was formally announced at Star Wars Celebration back in April and is currently being written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) and is set to be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Ms. Marvel). Ridley herself recently even shared that she believes that the Rey Skywalker flick was the next theatrical Star Wars release. Lucasfilm confirmed in their blog post announcing The Mandalorian and Grogu that Obaid-Chinoy’s film, as well Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian crossover event film and an untitled Dawn of the Jedi movie from James Mangold, are all still in development – though there was no mention of the films set to be directed by Taika Waititi and Shawn Levy.

The Mandalorian and Grogu concept art

I did not expect this news today and my goodness it’s big news for Star Wars fans. I haven’t been the biggest fan of Jon Favreau’s latest entries in the MandoVerse (The Book of Boba Fett, The Mandalorian Season 3), but I believe The Mandalorian season three would’ve worked well being streamlined into a two hour film and I am all for the idea of season four being turned into a movie if it betters the ideas that Favreau had for the project.

I wonder if the untitled Star Wars movie dated for December 2026 is still set to be The Mandalorian crossover event film from Dave Filoni which would feature characters from the ‘MandoVerse’ such as Din Djarin, Grogu, Ahsoka Tano and more. I personally like the idea of The Mandalorian and Grogu releasing in May and come December, we get the direct follow-up to that movie – it almost feels Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame-esq. Alternatively, the Rey Skywalker film could take the December window, and fans would have to wait until December 2027 to see The Mandalorian crossover event movie.

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