Dave Filoni was working on Avatar: The Last Airbender when he got a call to go meet George Lucas. The end result was Filoni showrunning The Clone Wars animated series, and to be fair, it’s one of the few pieces of Star Wars media to get almost universal praise from fans since the OT was over and done with.
In a piece by Vanity Fair, Lucas, along with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and The Mandalorian Showrunner John Favreau, all share insights into why Filoni is so important to the Star Wars franchise. So let’s get right to it.
Star Wars creator George Lucas,
“I immediately found him to be very open-minded and a great listener, which are qualities I admire because it opens a person up to new experiences. I was just giving him advice along the way, to stay open-minded and realize that there’s still a lot to learn. There’s always something to learn.”
John Favreau meanwhile says that Filoni,
“Intuitively understands how to walk the line between learning and teaching. He’ll be very forthcoming with his thoughts and opinions if he thinks that I’m going down the wrong path or if he has something that he wants to present, but he’ll pivot suddenly to learning and questioning and understanding.”
And Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy,
“There isn’t a thing that we do in the storytelling space that I don’t check with Dave. What I find about Dave is you don’t just sit down and have a discussion about plot or review characters inside the Star Wars world. You end up having meaningful, thoughtful discussions about what it is we’re trying to say inside the storytelling. He has a lot of empathy.”
That’s a hell of a lot of praise for Filoni, and there are many who feel that after Kathleen Kennedy steps down eventually as president of Lucasfilm, that Disney already have their replacement in Filoni. For me, whilst I enjoyed The Clone Wars, I thought a lot less of Rebels and even going by The Clone Wars, it was very much based on being a kid’s show. I’d need to see what Filoni can do in live-action on something more adult to see if he is the right person to lead the studio going forward.
Of course, we have an opportunity to test this right around the corner, Filoni is co-executive producer with Favreau on The Mandalorian and also directed two episodes of the show in the first season. So I guess I could be one of the people championing Filoni if The Mandalorian is as good as it looks to be from trailers.
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SOURCE: Vanity Fair