Starwars.com has released even more info in their latest article. We were finally shown what the lead Mandalorian will look like. In that same article this little tidbit was buried. Dave Filoni will not only officially direct an episode of The Mandalorian, but he will be directing the pilot episode!
Filoni has long been known as the apprentice to Master Lucas himself and the chief creator of both Clone Wars and Rebels television shows. His skillful retelling of Lucas’ mythology and interweaving of plot points and sub-plots within the shows have earned him quite the reputation, namely heir apparent to George. Fans have been chomping at the tauntaun bit for him to get his shot at directing live action. Many would like to see him earn his way to a big-screen movie deal. This series is the perfect warm up step.
Filoni needs some live action warm up. This is the perfect jump point not only because it is a well guided show with Favreau guiding, but the fact almost everything we know about the Mandalorians comes from none other than Dave himself. Between his two shows, he has single-handedly crafted a rich and deep Mandalorian culture. The fact Filoni would direct was nearly a given. The fact he is being handed the pilot episode is a huge step.
The great thing about serial shows like this is that there are always multiple directors. Here are some of the directors Starwars.com confirmed in its article: Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). Interesting that Favreau is not named as a director. Then again nothing ever said he had to direct his series. The Mandalorian will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer. Stay tuned to StarWars.com for updates.