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Jon Favreau: Keynote at Variety Entertainment and Technology Summit

Jon Favreau gave some more insight into the scale of his well-received Disney Plus “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” speaking to VIP president and chief media analyst Andrew Wallenstein at Variety‘s Entertainment & Technology summit in September 2019, ahead of Disney Plus’s fall launch.

The prolific multi-hyphenate likened the series, which takes place after the events of “Return of the Jedi,” to the original George Lucas trilogy in terms of scale and tone.

“For ‘Star Wars,’ the question was how do we make it feel like ‘Stars Wars,’ how can I tell a story set in this particular time…what’s this gritty world?” Favreau began. “The original ‘Star Wars’ movies were a bit more intimate, character driven. In many ways this follows the structure of a television show in that we don’t have an endless budget and it’s served by the scale of the original films which isn’t the big, huge blockbuster movies you see on the big screen all the time. We are using technology that makes best use of that scale and part of what we’re exploring is using game engine, real-time rendering.”

Favreau had a busy 2019, to say the least. He directed one of the biggest movies of the year with “The Lion King,” debuted his Netflix cooking series “The Chef Show” in June, and of course helmed the first live-action “Star Wars” series for one of the new streaming services kicking off what’s now fittingly known as the Streaming Wars.

The director said he views each of his projects as a “different puzzle” with a “different set of parameters which require a different set of technologies” to solve. Favreau revealed he recently founded Golem Creations to have a platform to wield those different technologies and bring them all under one roof.

“At this point in my career, I created Golem Creations to be a catch-all for the technological side of filmmaking as opposed having a production company where we’re pouring over scripts and trying to find things to develop,” Favreau said. “The company is very small and it’s all about collaborating with other companies and other filmmakers and creating content myself that is exciting not just because it’s telling a story, it’s also innovating and shaping the industry.”