When Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion back in 2012, they knew that it was going to be a profitable venture. However, they just didn’t know that they will be making a profit before the decade was even over and that too on just their box office returns.
So obviously, when we calculate the merchandising and multimedia costs, then the profit amount skyrockets. Now, Disney is definitely looking to increase the profit amount on those movies by branching out into TV series as well. So if The Mandalorian is any indication, then they seem to have been successful on the small screen as well.
For now, as things stand the movie division and the TV series division (currently on Disney+ only) is being handled by two different people. Kathleen Kennedy is overseeing the feature film division while Jon Favreau is steering the TV series division. But the latter’s role is limited to only the Mandalorian side of the Star Wars Universe. After all, we all know that he isn’t directly involved with Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, or any of the other shows that take place in different time-periods than The Mandalorian.
However, ensuring that The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, and The Book of Boba Fett all go on smoothly isn’t an easy job. There’s a lot of strings that have to be looked after and even with the increasing influence of Dave Filoni and his encyclopedic Star Wars knowledge, this is proving to be difficult.
Film scooper Daniel Richtman is saying that Favreau wants more breathing space with his little pocket Star Wars Universe of shows. So he wants Lucasfilm to take a step back from his universe of Disney+ shows. Richtman says that:
“Jon Favreau wants Lucasfilm to back off and let him [be] full hands-on on this universe.”
While we can understand why Jon might want more control, but let’s also remember that Favreau is basically a Lucasfilm employee and he answers to both that company as well as Disney. So he will indeed have to listen to what they say even if he doesn’t want to.
Also, Lucasfilm as a company loves getting involved. But they do seem to have learnt how to step back a little and give their creatives more breathing room after the repeated firings, hirings, and backlash over the heavy-handed movie interferences in the past several years.
So in the end Jon Favreau might want to craft his own little Star Wars Galaxy in isolation, but the issue is that he is very much just an employee to Lucasfilm at the end of the day. So he will have to listen to what his bosses say and want.
But let’s not rule out the fact that Jon could get what he wants. After all, the backlash over Lucasfilm interferences in the movies might have made them step back a little and allow Favreau to do what he wants in his little universe.