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Skeleton Crew Came From Down Time In Spider-Man Says Jon Favreau

We have a release window as Star Wars: Skeleton Crew premiere's this Christmas and also features both matte paintings and stop-motion.

What is there to do in between takes on movies? Dream up other movies and TV shows of course, duh! At least that’s what Jon Favreau and Jon Watts did during down time for Spider-Man. This where Skeleton Crew came from reveals Favreau in a recent interview with Empire Magazine. Favreau and fellow exec producer of the MandoVerse, Dave Filoni talk through a lot of what makes them, and Star Wars, tick in this issue. However as you can see below. Favreau also details out exactly where Skeleton Crew came from and how they developed it further.

Favreau begins by discussing why it’s great that Mando was not a one and done. Instead Favreau got to expand on his story more and more. Check out the transcript below from the magazine.

“I did know that if this could work out well, it’s something I would love to stay with. Don’t think it was just, “Pitch an idea, let me shoot a pilot, and I’ll move on.” I knew I cared enough about it to stay with it. But I’m at a point in my career where I’ve grown to appreciate it when you’re in this type of creative situation. I know these things don’t last forever. There’s a countless Rolodex of people who are all working on this because this is what they wanted to do.”

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Thus we get the chain of events that Favreau describes below, which led to Skeleton Crew.

“The thing with me sticking around and being Happy Hogan led me to being in Spider-Man, which led me to getting to know Jon Watts, which led me on the last movie to say, “I’m having so much fun in Star Wars,” thinking he might want to direct an episode like Peyton Reed did, or Taika. And he’s like, “Actually, we have a whole pitch.” And I heard it, called Dave, got him on Zoom and we were talking while I was between shoot days with Jon. That’s what organically turned into Skeleton Crew. Those episodes are all starting to be cut together. I just watched one of them last night — it’s delightful, it’s so fun — and then I’m working with Dave and getting to see all his episodes. It’s fun for me to watch Dave bring Ahsoka to life, or new directors coming up. Movies begin, you do ’em, they end, they come out, maybe you get together and try to do another one. It’s a different thing. This is a community that I’m a part of and it’s special.”

I guess we need to see how good, or otherwise Skeleton Crew is.

Don’t you just wish you could dream up new Star Wars stories in your lunch break and 3 weeks later have it greenlit for production? What do you think of Jon Favreau’s comments that Skeleton Crew came from down time in Spider-Man? Thoughts below as always.

SOURCE: Empire Magazine (hard copy)

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