In case you don’t know who Rick Famuyiwa is, he directed three episodes of The Mandalorian, two episodes in the first season, and one episode in the second season. Now you know. Famuyiwa recently opened up about the future of storytelling in the Star Wars canon, as well as his own wishes for that future. You can read the full quote below:
“So I think the future of Star Wars is continuing to sort of open up those doors and continue to tell these stories from a point of view, because that’s not what we’ve seen before. I want to continue to be a part of that storytelling […] You have to be where the people are. And the people right now are a global community that has perspectives that are varied, but at the same time, a kind of universal thing binding everything together. And honestly, that’s what the Force is. That’s what the galaxy of Star Wars has always been about, represented through different alien species and droids and disparate sort of lands that both look familiar and not. But all of it was sort of shaped by one universal thing.” — Rick Famuyiwa for Star Wars official website
Famuyiwa directed three episodes of The Mandalorian so far — Chapter 2: The Child, Chapter 6: The Prisoner, and Chapter 15: The Believer. It’s not known officially if he’s going to return to direct more episodes in the third season, but it won’t be a surprise if he returns, especially since no director for the next season has been confirmed yet, except Carl Weathers, who plays Greef Karga in the series.
The Mandalorian premiered in 2019, and it opened a new path for the Star Wars universe. The path that is now expanding through Disney+ shows, while it seems that movies aren’t really a priority for Disney anymore, although there are at least three confirmed movies that are in development. The pandemic of COVID-19 and people spending more time on streaming services than in cinema probably encouraged Disney to choose this new path for Star Wars.
The second live-action Star Wars series — The Book of Boba Fett — recently concluded its first season. And while it’s unknown if the series will return for more seasons, it opened the path to the third season of The Mandalorian, which is set to premiere later this year on Disney+.