January 13, 2024
by Bespin Bulletin

Earlier this week, Lucasfilm announced a new feature film, The Mandalorian and Grogu, which is set to enter production later this year and would lead Lucasfilm’s theatrical releases. However the announcement left some fans confused on the status of the already announced fourth season of The Mandalorian.

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The fourth season of The Mandalorian was announced ahead of the release of the series third season, with the series creator, Jon Favreau, stating multiple times on the press tour for season three, that he has already finished the scripts for the fourth season. It was believed that Favreau had purposely completed work on the fourth season early due to the impending Writers Guild of America strike, which would begin on May 2nd, 2023. Filming on the fourth season was set to begin at the tail end of September, but was delayed indefinitely due to the aforementioned WGA strike and later, the SAG-AFTRA strike.

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In July, MakingStarWars reported that Disney were weighing up their options in regards to The Mandalorian season four due to the strikes. At the time, Disney were considering turning the fourth season of The Mandalorian into a film, if production on the series was greatly impacted by the ongoing strikes.

In November, I heard from two sources that Lucasfilm were planning to begin filming the fourth season of The Mandalorian in February 2024 and MakingStarWars heard the same from his own independent sources. Just days before the announcement of The Mandalorian and Grogu, I was informed by two sources that filming had been delayed.

The Mandalorian and Grogu was announced on Tuesday and though the announcement excited many fans, it did lead to the question, what’s happening with the fourth season of The Mandalorian?

Around the time of the announcement, Deadline added that the fourth season remained in development alongside the movie. MakingStarWars shared a rumour that he’d heard that the fourth season could consist of six episodes instead of the standard eight and that The Mandalorian and Grogu would act the finale for that season, that the planned seventh and eighth episodes of The Mandalorian season four had been redeveloped to become the movie.

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The Hollywood Reporter has now provided an update of the matter, though it leaves fans none the wiser. The trade shares that pre-strikes that Lucasfilm were intent of making the fourth season of the hit Disney+ series, but post-strikes, Disney have re-evaluated the situation, and shifted plans to making The Mandalorian and Grogu the studios top priority. THR added that the status of The Mandalorian season four is now unknown and is no longer a given to get made.

The trade also seems to back up a rumour reported by MakingStarWars earlier this week. MSW on Tuesday shared that the source that first informed him that Disney were considering turning the forth season of The Mandalorian into a movie, told him that IF The Mandalorian and Grogu is a success, that a third movie would be given the go ahead, and would follow Dave Filoni’s untitled Mandalorian crossover event film. THR added that the next phase of storytelling for The Mandalorian could exist on the big screen instead of the small, if The Mandalorian and Grogu is a box office success, and that box office success would determine its future.

For some dumb reason, some fans have speculated that the untitled MandoVerse crossover event film from Dave Filoni might no longer happen, due to the Jon Favreau directed The Mandalorian and Grogu. There’s been no indications of this, in-fact quite the opposite. Lucasfilm stated in their The Mandalorian and Grogu press release that Filoni’s film, along with films from Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and James Mangold are still part of their theatrical release slate. However, The Hollywood Reporter article added that Filoni’s movie is very much still in development, but that the film would not release until after the second season of Ahsoka, which currently does not have a release window, but Dave Filoni is currently in process of writing the scripts, as well as helping Favreau pen The Mandalorian and Grogu.

The next Star Wars film is slated to release on May 22nd, 2026 and though Lucasfilm have not confirmed it, it appears that The Mandalorian and Grogu will be taking that date.

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