Speaking with Variety as the media push continues for the return of The Mandalorian, actor Pedro Pascal and showrunner Jon Favreau broached a number of topics including filming the third season during the coronavirus outbreak – the filming of the second season was fortunately completed before lockdown – his comparative experiences launching the Marvel franchise with Iron Man 1 and 2 and the potential of the show and the characters within spinning off into their own big screen adventure.
“The line is blurring now,” said Favreau. “Things that you would have only seen in the movie theater, you’re seeing on streaming, and I think it could go the other way as well.”
Whether that means Pascal’s tight-lipped bounty hunter could end up on a movie screen remains a tantalizing if uncertain possibility. Favreau said he’s in “no rush” to push the show beyond a streaming series. “But we’re definitely open to it,” he added, “and excited to see where the story leads us and have that flexibility — because there’s no rulebook now.”
“Technology is always offering new opportunities to tell stories in a fresh way,” he added. “It’s a very exciting time to be doing this and I feel very grateful that we’re able to be able to work remotely, because of the nature of the technology that we’re dealing with. So we’re continuing to try to move forward and keep the ball rolling, even though it’s been a challenging time for everyone.”
As for Pascal, the actor said he would “love” to make a “Mandalorian” movie, but he’s heard no discussion of one as of now.
“I think that the work is so beautiful that I would love for that to be held by a big screen experience,” he said. “But it seems to work so well that also I’m not sure it’s something that I would want corrupted by any kind of change, you know? I mean, I certainly know that the challenge can be met. It’s not like these people don’t have the experience. If anybody can do it, they can!”
With the focus of Disney shifting from the big screen to the streaming environment of Disney Plus a cinematic switch might seen unlikely, but with the show doing such spectacular business for Disney, with the show the biggest in the world in 2019 and bringing in 7 Emmy awards from 15 nominations, maybe the numbers will make the decision for them.
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