Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian could jump from Disney+ to the movies if it continues to do well.
Variety spoke with Walt Disney Studios co-chairman and chief creative officer Alan Horn about the launch of Disney+ and whether content that debuts on the streaming service could make its way to cinemas. Specifically, Horn was asked if the titular Mandalorian from the first live-action Star Wars show could appear on the big screen.
“The Mandalorian is already proving to be a big thing, so if that series proves to be so compelling that we reverse engineer it into a theatrical release, a two-hour film or whatever, okay” Horn said.
Unlike even Marvel's many properties, Star Wars is the only true shared universe, with movies, TV shows, and comics all working together as one major story. Characters from the films have obviously appeared in other mediums, but the reverse is also true. Rogue One featured multiple nods to the Star Wars Rebels animated series, and the character of Saw Gerrera, played by Forest Whitaker, first appeared on The Clone Wars TV show.
There's already some potential precedent for the Mandalorian jumping to theaters as Marvel's Disney+ characters will appear in movies. While Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and others will debut in their own TV shows, we recently learned that those characters could then appear in films. For now, the MCU is more or less separate from the various Marvel TV shows, but with all of them coming to an end and new shows starring film actors arriving soon on Disney+, a new era of synergy will be born.
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. The first episode is streaming now on Disney+, with episode two set to air this Friday.