I almost wrote ‘at all,’ but maybe another six months or a year will be enough time for the heat to die down. GeekTyrant aside, Dave Filoni did not ‘tease’ information on THE MANDALORIAN so much as he evaded giving out any. The Good Morning America segment was remarkably free of information on the subject (ScreenRant provided the relevant transcript):
Oh, that’s a tricky one, you know I don’t like to go into those answers without Jon here, my partner Jon Favreau. It’s exciting, we’re both working on that, we’re working on Boba Fett right now, so there’s a lot of new adventures coming up. I have to be careful, I can’t really say anything specific, but I think the Force will be strong with it. Let’s just say that.
It’s getting easier and easier for non-professional studios to get to ‘Ehh. I can’t really tell the difference’ TV/movie production values. BUCKETHEADS is operating at, what, 1998, 2002 AD-style special effects? That’s easily enough, for what they need to produce. The next step for them is to get enough money to be able to hire professional actors, and then hey, presto! They’ve got a film company. With probably considerably less overhead.
Mind you, at that point they’re gonna need to get their own IPs.
One sort of addressed in Disney Phineas & Ferb: Star Wars, which is inexplicably and inexcusably NOT canon, somehow. Yes, I grant that there are broad comic elements that might be difficult to reconcile with the more epic tone aimed for in the Star Wars universe. Counterpoint: midichlorians, the inability of stormtroopers to shoot, the unlikely career arc of Jar-Jar Binks, and goram death sticks and robot waitresses. So, sure, let’s keep all of that in the official universe, but God forbid that there’d be room for a Dark Side-infused sub sandwich…
But that’s the rumor: there’s gonna be a KOTOR 3, and it’s not gonna have either the Empire or the First Order making it (or Morgoth/Sauron, if you’d prefer that metaphor instead). But is it true? …Maybe. There’d be money in it, at least. The Mouse likes money.
Some interesting stuff. First off, there was a suspiciously-comprehensive leak to TheOneRing.net which confirms that Amazon’s LotR series is set in the Second Age, which means Rings of Power, maybe the Fall of Numenor, all that good stuff. The good news here is the map that came along with the leak, which looks like it was checked by somebody who knows when Mordor was founded (it is not named on the map). That’s a little thing, but they got it right, so I’m just the tiniest bit more hopeful now.
Speaking of hopeful: an open-world Star Wars is coming, and it’ll be by Ubisoft and not the GA… excuse me, I mistyped that. Clearly I meant ‘EA.’ Ubisoft has its own issues, but I can’t quite believe that the company would blow up inhabited planets… no, wait, I’m mixing up EA/GA again. Sorry about that!
Nobody heard about this – or any of the other stuff that happened in the finale of THE MANDALORIAN – until Disney was good and ready. Also: since Disney has mentioned it officially and everything, I am ABSOLUTELY there to watch a smirking Ming-Na Wen shoot people even worse than her on Temuera Morrison’s behalf. I didn’t even know I wanted that! Thanks, Jon, Dave, and Robert. Happy holidays to you, too.
STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH is going to resonate more with my wife than me, given as she’s taken the time to get through THE CLONE WARS. I suspect, however, that their Order 66 programming is going to be intact. At least at first.
…yes, it’s a documentary of the Star Wars Holiday Special. Don’t know when it’s coming out, though.
They’re promising that A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE isn’t just gonna whale on the show itself; the idea is to tell about how the entire thing got started and made. Which will probably whale upon the show itself, but that’s all right. I’ve never actually seen it, myself; I probably will, once George Lucas is dead. Whether or not I’m doing that out of forbearance, or anticipatory spite towards his shade, is left for the reader to decide.