– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This coming November, fans will finally be getting something they’ve been wanting for years and years…a live-action Star Wars TV show. Yes, we’ve had those animated shows for years now, but to actually have a grounded and gritty live-action take aimed at your more standard Star Wars fan base…that’s the stuff we’ve really been hoping for. But how did it come about?

Disney has been working on Disney+ for a long time now, so you can only imagine they’ve been hoping to put together something like a live-action Star Wars series. However, as it turns out, executive producer Jon Favreau came to Disney, not the other way around, as he revealed to THR.

“I wrote four of the episodes before I even had a deal, because I wanted to do this but only if they wanted to do the version that I wanted to do.’

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However, as we know, Favreau has been super busy working on The Lion King…so how did he manage to juggle working on those two projects?

“When I was working on Lion King, it was a full-time job for a few of the years, but there was a lot of time when I just had to be available for three very focused hours a day. The TV model allowed me to be an executive producer [on Mandalorian], which allowed me to, on my own time, write everything. It’s a lot like being a chef. You write the menu, you staff up with people who are great at what they do, you oversee and help guide the people who are actually cooking the food, working the line, and then at the end, you plate.”

It sounds like it was a project he was able to make happen on his own time, which is the epitome of being a creative in Hollywood these days — especially in TV, where collaboration is even more key than in film itself.

On an unrelated note, is anyone else hungry?

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.