Streaming services are seeing a boom in subscriber numbers as millions around the world obey stay-at-home orders from various governments. They do share some difficulties with traditional production studios, however – they can’t shoot any new content at the moment. Luckily for Star Wars fans, the second season of The Mandalorian will still be released on schedule on Disney+.
According to Disney’s CEO, Bob Chapek, filming for the upcoming season of the massively popular series based on George Lucas’ Star Wars universe was finished right before the self-quarantines started and post-production is continuing on schedule, slated for October 2020. Disney owns Marvel Studios as well, and of the superhero movies expected to be released next, Chapek said that Black Widow will also not be delayed. Information on later films in the franchise could not be shared.
Disney+ has seen a very successful launch period, garnering more support and subscribers since its November 2019 launch than even expected by the House of Mouse. We’re not sure how many more customers they have signed on in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Netflix saw its biggest quarter in the company’s history, and its valuation has subsequently surpassed that of Disney, a more diversified business.
Other Disney+ projects will unfortunately feel the brunt of filming delays due to the pandemic and will therefore be delayed. This included Marvel spinoff series such as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision.
According to reports from The Hollywood Reporter we will see the return of Boba Fett to the franchise in the second season of The Mandalorian. The much-loved bounty hunter will be played by Temuera Morrison, who was actually Jango Fett in 2002’s Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
After the release of the second season of The Mandalorian the fledgling streaming service will need to prove that it can sustain subscriber growth as well retain the subscribers they already have. It will not be easy with very little in the form of new original content as the global pandemic delays other releases.