The Mandalorian Snags Alita’s Robert Rodriguez And Ant-Man’s Peyton Reed As Directors!

It’s been very clear from day one that Disney+ is taking their TV shows seriously. The Mandalorian may not have been perfect, but it featured extensive behind-the-camera talent. In addition to seasoned TV vet Deborah Chow, the series featured the likes of Jon Favreau, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, and Dave Filoni. Most have big-screen experience, and they were tasked with the goal of bringing The Mandalorian down to the small screen for the first time. It was an ambitious goal, to say the least, and they managed to succeed with flying colors.

And with that success comes the pressure to do more. How could they up the ante from the previous season? The rumors circulating seemed to revolve around the idea of getting more big-screen talent for the show. Such names that were rumored were Alita: Battle Angel’s Robert Rodriguez, Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Peyton Reed, and Logan’s James Mangold. But were they too good to be true?

That’s a resounding “Hell no!” Yesterday, in the midst of the May the Fourth announcements from Disney, we got a couple of key drops from filmmakers on Twitter. One came from Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed, who confirmed his Mandalorian involvement.

It was a simple tweet, but it carried a lot of weight with it. Considering Reed has a fruitful history with Disney with his Ant-Man movies, this isn’t a surprise. Disney tends to do repeat collaborations with its proven talent, and indeed Reed has managed to do solid things with the Ant-Man character.

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The rumor of Reed’s involvement first came in early March from the scooper Charles Murphy. 

The other big filmmaker to out himself is Alita: Battle Angel’s Robert Rodriguez, who had a bit more to say in his Twitter post.

“I am truly humbled to say I have now had the very rare privilege of directing the biggest star in the universe,” Rodriguez wrote alongside a photo of the Child.

While Rodriguez doesn’t really have a history with Disney, he does have a history with 20th Century Fox. As you may know, Disney now owns the studio, so the connections are closer than they first seem. Additionally, both Rodriguez and The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau are good friends and have a tendency to lean into new filmmaking tech. Given Rodriguez’s tendency to always push the technical boundaries of filmmaking, he seems like a logical fit for The Mandalorian. Plus, let’s not forget that he brought us some fun Mexico-set westerns with his Mariachi trilogy.

We first heard rumor of Rodriguez joining from the Black Series Rebels back in late February. Also coupled with Rodriguez was a rumor of James Mangold. Does this mean Mangold will likely be joining The Mandalorian as well? I’d say, it’s a likely possibility.

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