What does Dave Filoni’s Star Wars movie mean for The Mandalorian’s future?

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+
The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+ /

A new Star Wars film from Dave Filoni is in the works, but what could it mean for The Mandalorian’s future on Disney Plus?

Star Wars has had an interesting life since Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in December 2012. While the beloved franchise went through a rough patch in the later ‘90s and early ‘00s with the Prequel Trilogy, the advent of social media has made those with the loudest voices heard the most. Thus, making it seem like Disney has ruined Star Wars with the Sequel Trilogy.

The fact is that most of us hold onto what we grew up with as sacred—for a lot of us, that was the Original Trilogy. For a whole other generation, it’s the Prequels. And a completely different generation for the Sequels—trust me, I’ve lived through “George Lucas ruined Star Wars with the Prequels” and those films are now beloved (I’ve even gained a new sense of appreciation after rewatching them in my 30s).

However, a generation of fans has found and fallen in love with this franchise because of TV. Going as far back as The Clone Wars and right up to The Mandalorian and the other Disney Plus Star Wars shows. If you look at numbers, the pre-Disney era of the franchise sits at a 77.5% Rotten Tomatoes score, the Disney era sits at a 77.59% Rotten Tomatoes score, and the TV side of Star Wars sits at a 94.13% Rotten Tomatoes score. Bottom line, while we may like the movies, we REALLY love the TV shows. And Dave Filoni is a big reason why.

What does the future hold for The Mandalorian?

At Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced three new Star Wars films. One of which will be directed by Rebels creator/The Mandalorian EP/Star Wars expert Dave Filoni.

According to TVLine, Filoni’s entry will focus on the escalating war between the Imperial Remnant and the fledging New Republic. It will also serve as a culmination event for The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Ahsoka. That word, culmination, is a bit scary in terms of the future of these shows—specifically the one that kicked off the Disney Plus era of Star Wars TV, The Mandalorian.

It feels unlikely we’ll get another season of The Book of Boba Fett, especially with The Mandalorian director Rick Famuyiwa taking the stage at Star Wars Celebration on Friday and saying that the next two episodes of The Mandalorian will offer a “resolution” to its own season as well as The Book of Boba Fett.

Everything about Ahsoka feels like a stand-alone series, but much like Obi-Wan Kenobi, it likely could have more stories to tell. The Mandalorian is the only series, set for this culmination event, that we know is going on to yet another season (Jon Favreau has already written it) and that the creator (Favreau) doesn’t have a finale that he’s building to.

So, where does that leave the show that started it all and the Filoni-directed movie? Well, there have been plenty of other Star Wars films on the horizon for a few years now and there’s been little to no word about them other than that they are probably still happening. That makes it seem like the movies announced Friday are likely not going to be happening anytime soon. It feels fairly confident to say that The Mandalorian’s TV future is still bright, but that the announcement of the culmination event movie could mean that the end is on the horizon.

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