'The Mandalorian' winds up first series with hints from Disney boss it could become a movie

Ben ArnoldContributor
The Mandelorian in Lucasfilm’s THE MANDELORIAN.
The Mandelorian in Lucasfilm’s THE MANDELORIAN.

The Mandalorian wound up its first series over the festive period, with early critical trepidation turning into a strong finale.

And now Disney boss Bob Iger has hinted that the Star Wars spin-off TV series has the potential to become a movie.

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The heavily Western-influenced series followed Pedro Pascal's lone gunslinger for hire travelling the galaxy, early on encountering an infant from the same species as Yoda – 'the child' – to whom he becomes an unlikely protector.

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Though initial reviews were somewhat mixed, the finale 'Redemption', directed by Taika Wititi, has brought in rave reviews.

Vanity Fair called the eighth episode of the series run 'stellar', adding: “It is a relief and a joy to see that The Mandalorian knows what it is here to do; it knows who it is fighting for.”

Vulture went on to say that 'with luck, the Mandalorian and the Child are on their way to a happy ending — but one that hopefully won’t arrive too soon'.

Giancarlo Esposito is Mof Gideon in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN.
Giancarlo Esposito is Mof Gideon in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN.

Rolling Stone added 'What a reassuring feeling it is, isn’t it, to be thrilled by the conclusion of a Star Wars story?', in a veiled snipe at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth movie in the space saga, which has suffered less than stellar reviews.

Due to remaining Disney licensing issues in the UK, we won't see new streaming platform Disney+, and therefore The Mandalorianuntil March, but it appears that it's something for Star Wars fans to look forward to.

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Particularly given recent comments from Disney boss Bob Iger.

Asked if there could be potential to turn the Disney+ Star Wars spin-off series into movies, he told The Star Wars Show: “I don’t look at it as just television, I look at it as an extension of Star Wars storytelling. What Disney+ has given us the ability to do is to do just that, is to bring Star Wars to people in new ways, and to bring new Star Wars to people.

“It’s not the same places or the same characters. Just look at Mandalorian. While, obviously, there’s a lot shared, there’s a lot that’s really fresh, and I love that.”

He went on: “I love the ability to really be agnostic in terms of what platform it’s being made for. And so it could be, down the road, that a TV show becomes a movie and a movie becomes a TV series. I’m not making any announcements here or not, but I think it’s important for us to be agnostic.”

As well as The Mandalorian, there are also series centring on Rogue One character Cassian Andor, and Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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