Despite Jon Favreau – the creator of ‘The Mandalorian‘ TV series – claiming that the script for ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 4 was finished even before Season 3 officially ended, it seems that the fourth season might not even happen after all.
Season 3 wrapped up with Moff Gideon seemingly defeated for good and Mando officially adopting Grogu, making him his little apprentice and his son, Din Grogu. They seemed to find peace, which means a completely new threat ought to emerge for Season 4 to happen.
Now, a month or two before the SAG-AFTRA and writer strikes that reshuffled the deck industry-wide, so to speak, rumors started swirling around about ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 4 getting booted completely and turned into a movie.
Then, those rumors got even more legit when we recently heard that Pedro Pascal won’t physically return for ‘The Mandalorian’ due to his commitments on ‘The Last of Us’ Season 2 and 2024’s new ‘Gladiator’ film. Instead, he’d only provide Mando’s voiceover.
Rumors are rumors, one might say, but now that the strikes are over, it seems those rumors are gaining legitimacy.
According to a reliable industry insider, Jeff Sneider, the rumors about ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 4 being scrapped and reworked into a theatrical movie might just be true. On ‘The Hot Mic’ podcast, he spoke to John Rocha and shared what he knows so far:
“The odds are in this project’s favor. Whatever Season 4 of ‘The Mandalorian’ turns out to be, who’s in it, and what shape it takes, it is looking like that could be the next Star Wars movie, and that may be the thing that’s announced before the end of the year.”
Now, we all know that Lucasfilm and Disney already made plans and announcements about their schedule going into the future, and everyone thought that a Rey Skywalker-led film starring Daisy Ridley was next in line when it came to Star Wars theatrical films. If these rumors are legitimate – and it seems like there is some legitimacy behind them – ‘The Mandalorian’ movie could come first.
Recently, Dave Filoni was moved into an executive position, and Sneider believes that this rumored movie may be his theatrical directorial debut, whereas fans in the comments wanted Jon Favreau to direct Mando and Grogu in the film.
If it turns out to be true and ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 4 turns into a movie, that would push the Daisy Ridley-led film a bit further into the future. It could also serve as a potential wrap-up of the entire Mando-verse, so to speak, that includes ‘The Mandalorian,’ ‘The Book of Boba Fett,’ and recently, ‘Ahsoka,’ but it remains to be seen.
I’m not sure if I’m excited or bummed about the potential for a movie. After all, it would be a condensed version of what we’d get out of a full season of ‘The Mandalorian.’ You’d get 6-8 hours of TV runtime condensed into 2-3 hours of theatrical film, which could be exciting, but at the same time, it could take away from the story.
I guess we’ll learn more about it if and when Disney and Lucasfilm make an official announcement. Have something to add? Let us know in the comments below!