Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Jon Favreau Jokes That He Wants To Make A New 'Star Wars' Holiday Special

By: Dominic Jones

If you've never seen the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, consider yourself lucky.  The TV special, which was produced by Lucasfilm and featured appearances by Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, was so bad that Star Wars creator George Lucas has never allowed it to be released publicly ever again.  As such, it has gained a somewhat cult-like classic status and references to the special have even made their way into the current Star Wars canon.

One upcoming reference is the titular character's weapon in the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian, which calls back to the animated segment of the special.  The animated adventure, which is one of the special's few redeeming qualities, is also the world debut of Boba Fett, and features Fett wielding a weapon that forty-one years later Pedro Pascal's character will wield in live-action.   
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In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight's Ash Crossan, Favreau revealed that he was the one to recommend featuring references to the Holiday Special, and even joked that he would like to make a new Star Wars Holdiday Special somewhere down the line.  The director addressed fans directly and said, "if you want to see a holiday special let Disney+ know."  You can watch the full interview with Favreau, alongside The Mandalorian star Gina Carrano (Cara Dune) below,

If you've never seen the Holiday Special, I can't say I recommend watching the whole thing (though Jon Favreau might disagree).  However, you can watch the animated segment, and see the debut of Boba Fett and the rifle, below,

The Mandalorian is set following the events of Return of the Jedi and follows the adventures of a "lone gunfighter", as he navigates the galaxy in the post-Empire/early days of the New Republic.  The series debuts on Disney+ on November 12th.  If you haven't seen the new trailer, you can check it out (and see the live action version of the holiday special rifle) below,

The series debuts on November 12th on Disney+, and stars Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian, Gina Carrano as Cara Dune, Carl Weathers as Greef Carga, and Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, as well as Nick Nolte, Werner Herzog, Emily Swallow, and Omid Abtahi in unknown roles.  The Mandalorian is executive produced by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, with episodes directed by Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow, and Rick Famuyiwa, and Taika Waititi.

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