Quoted from kvan99:
Yes, the fandom is still firmly in place, there are at least 4 series in production or development including the one above.
I wouldn't get too worried about that woke "all-female" Disney+ show in "development", which goes against every lesson learned so far from Kennedy's poor-performing new films. The panned Rey Trilogy, the female Forces of Destiny cartoon, poor new trilogy attraction attendance at Disneyland, the millions of unsold female action figures......all failures. Thankfully the Disney execs aren't blind to this anymore. She is deservedly being phased out at Lucasfilm & holds very little decision-making power now. Favreau/Filloni are getting all the praise from both fans & execs for the popular Mandalorian series.
Kennedy is basically powerless until her contract runs out. Favreau called all the shots on the Mando & will most likely be offered her job. I hope he takes it. Did you see Kennedy at those round-table discussions on the behind-the-scenes Mando series? Felt awkward to me. There was one episode where she just sat there & didn't contribute anything to the discussion, clearly because she was not involved with the shows decision-making.
I've heard Kennedy's press-release for the all-female Disney+ show was a power-play surprise to Disney execs. She felt slighted for being marginalized with the production of the Mando, and she got even more upset when Lucas was brought in to help with the scripts. So as a middle finger to Disney execs, she wanted to get her "female" show out in the press to generate buzz for it, but it's dead on arrival, just like Rian Johnson's new trilogy. Once she's let go, all that stuff in "development" will be scrapped. Disney execs & the majority of fans don't want any of it. And Favreau/Filloni don't want to work with her.
Same goes for the Obiwan TV series. It was all set to begin production, then suddenly everything came to a halt. This is right around the time Kennedy started losing her power, and execs started listening to Favreau/Filloni. Lucas took Filloni under his wing 15 years ago & now he's become the leading authority on any project within Lucasfilm. If you need to grasp how important Filloni is to Lucasfilm, listen to him breakdown the meaning of the Dual of Fates in episode 2 of the Mando documentary. The guy understands the essense of Star Wars down to his core. When he was brought in to review Kennedy's scripts of the Obiwan TV series, Disney gave him the power to stop production & do re-writes.
Disney also "delayed" the release of Kennedy's High Republic novels & comics. This was the group-think project created by a wide-ranging assortment of ethnic/racial/gender writers, who stressed that this Star Wars series should be all about diversity, anti-war stances & dinosaurs. They blamed covid concerns for the delay, but it's obviously another example of Disney execs pumping the breaks on any Kennedy driven projects.
Quoted from Hobbypinball:
The same could be said for Rebels. I'd have much rather seen a trilogy of Ezra in the Unknown Regions vs what we got with Rey/Skywalker. Can you imagine that - there was limitless potential with very little "baggage" there! Would have required more effort, but likely less $$ from Disney.......but they would have also had to have been brave as there's some more risk to draw in viewers. But ultimately this is why SW's is "sucking". It's all a rehash and too much room for people to poke holes in the continuity. Leave the current characters and time frame alone...........so many other opportunities to explore.
I think you're going to be very happy. It's pretty clear that the Mando series is going to become a sequel to Rebels/ROTJ as the series progresses. Filloni wrote them both. Multiple characters (Ashoka, Bo-Katan, Sabine Wren) from Rebels are already cast for Mando Season 2. Many are convinced we already saw Boba Fett in Season 1, but other infamous legendary Bounty Hunters like Bossk & Dengar could appear as well to chase down Baby Yoda.
The darksaber already made an appearance in Season 1. This directly ties into the ending of Rebels. And one of the biggest questions is who The Client & Moff Giddeon are really working for. Based on his obsession with force-sensitive creatures in the novels, as well as his unknown fate at the end of Rebels....I'd be willing to bet money that Grand Admiral Thrawn will be the huge villain reveal at the end of Mando Season 2. With Lucas becoming more involved on the series, I'd also guess that he'll direct a Mando episode at some point. Fans will go ape-shit crazy. Then it only makes sense that at some point Luke will become aware of Baby Yoda's existence in Season 3, and Mark Hamill will make a LEGENDARY CGI deepfake de-aged appearance on the Mando.
Just righting all the wrongs of the Rey Trilogy. Giving the fans what they've always wanted. Kennedy will be long gone by then. Obiwan series facing off with a final live-action battle against Darth Maul. Disney+ subscriptions & toys flying off the shelves. Fans crazy for Star Wars again. Everything can be fixed if Filloni & Favreau are given the freedom & opportunity to do it.