Jon Favreau, the creator of the Disney Plus premier Star Wars series The Mandalorian, was reportedly pressured by Kathleen Kennedy, the President of Lucasfilm, to reunite Grogu and Din Djarin in The Book of Boba Fett.
The Disney series featuring Boba Fett failed to impress some viewers. They found fault with the character’s departure from tradition by frequently removing his helmet, which had never happened in previous portrayals. Additionally, certain viewers criticised the appearance of the street gang, as they thought it resembled a group from Power Rangers.
One aspect of the show did stand out from the rest. It feels like it was The Mandalorian 2.5 (The Book of Boba Fett was released a year after The Mandalorian season 2) instead of a focused show that revolves around the greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy, Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison). While some really enjoyed this, since many wanted to see Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu again, it still felt very off since it did lose focus on what the show was about.
Recently, it seems to have been revealed why that happened.
Disney President Made Sure That Din Djarin and Grogu Got Together
Jeff Sneider, co-host of The Hot Mic with John Rocha, has said in their podcast:
I’m told she also forced him to do Boba Fett, (…) she forced him to make Grogu and Din [Djarin] reunite [in The Book Of Boba Fett] which Jon Favreau did not want to do.
As we’ve reported earlier, this caused friction between Kathleen Kennedy and Jon Favreau. In the same report, we also said that the Iron Man director almost left the project hanging.
It is said that Kennedy wanted to be involved in the development of the Star Wars shows, and this was her contribution. To some fans of the franchise, it felt like this was not the right direction for both Din Djarin and Grogu. Some think that the arc of Grogu should have ended in Season 2, or they should have shown the Grogu and Luke Skywalker storyline in Season 3.
Kennedy’s involvement in film production is nothing new, as she has been working as a producer for several decades now. It’s a regular part of her job to be involved in the production process. However, there have been previous reports of the Lucasfilm president’s interference with various projects, which has not been received well by many.
It appears that Favreau was particularly troubled by this and even threatened to quit The Mandalorian. Rumours have even circulated that Kennedy may depart from Lucasfilm following the release of Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny.
The integration of The Mandalorian storyline into The Book of Boba Fett gave the impression that the series couldn’t hold its own without it, which is disappointing. Some viewers, myself included, were hoping to witness Boba Fett’s prowess as the most skilled bounty hunter in the galaxy, yet the show failed to deliver that for us. In general, it just showed me how Fett is dependent on Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen).
Even in the latest [third] season of The Mandalorian, Grogu hasn’t really contributed in terms of story. While he did help Din Djarin get out of certain situations, especially in Chapter 18, The Mines of Mandalore, it still didn’t develop his character. Chapter 20, The Foundling, did have an interesting scene where it shows how Grogu survived the events of Order 66. I still wonder how the season could help the development of Grogu as a young Jedi. In general, it feels like he’s just in for the ride.
Jon Favreau Was Forced To Reunite Grogu And Din Djarin In The Book Of Boba Fett
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We don’t really know what happened behind the scenes between Kathleen Kennedy and Jon Favreau. Even if a very well-known entertainment insider said it, it’s still best to hear it from the actual people involved. But we can’t deny that what Jeff Sneider has said makes a lot of sense to us.
The Mandalorian’s season 3 is not the worst show in the Star Wars franchise, but it is the weakest so far compared to the rest of the entire run in the series.
The show feels like it’s slowly picking itself up from a big stumble that we didn’t even see. It also can’t stand on its own without The Book of Boba Fett since Din Djarin, and Grogu got together in its final episode. We are already six episodes into the series and two episodes remaining, and it still feels more disjointed than it should be.
For now, it’s still good news since Jon Favreau still does enjoy making stories for the Star Wars universe. He plans to keep making The Mandalorian, as said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly last month:
I don’t know what would make me not enjoy doing it, especially as long as the audience is connecting with these characters. This feels like a really enjoyable moment. And I love this format of telling one chapter at a time and keeping the audience guessing, but also fulfilling certain expectations.
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