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Wow, that is a bold claim, but from what we’ve seen of The Mandalorian so far – and given it’s close proximity to the original trilogy era (yes, yes, the Age of Rebellion era) – then perhaps it’s not such an outrageous statement. Speaking at at Variety‘s Entertainment & Technology summit, Favreau likened the new show to the OT in tone and scale.

“For ‘Star Wars,’ the question was how do we make it feel like ‘Stars Wars,’ how can I tell a story set in this particular time…what’s this gritty world? The original ‘Star Wars’ movies were a bit more intimate, character driven. In many ways this follows the structure of a television show in that we don’t have an endless budget and it’s served by the scale of the original films which isn’t the big, huge blockbuster movies you see on the big screen all the time. We are using technology that makes best use of that scale and part of what we’re exploring is using game engine, real-time rendering.”

And after launching his own technology company Golum Creations, Favreau discussed the path forward for technology in film.

“Ultimately, it’s the human factor that shapes our path into the future and it’s the people who are innovating in those areas, creating new tools, that are going to determine what we inherit and what the future holds. I’ve been lucky enough to have the wonderful privilege of telling stories and having innovations of other people help me. I want to pass some of that to the next generation and help preserve what those who came before me are concerned about and hopefully get like minded people who are cautiously optimistic about the future to come together and be at the forefront of those innovations.”