The Mandalorian has been by far the most popular (and most memed) original series on Disney+. Season 2 is on its way, but Disney found another way to do what it does best: leverage existing intellectual property into new content.
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is an eight-part documentary series about the show that will cover the filmmaking process, character development, practical effects, creative influences, score, and connections to the broader Star Wars universe.
The show sounds like a pretty standard talking heads-style doc, with “interviews, never-before-seen footage, and roundtable conversations hosted by Jon Favreau,” the creator of The Mandalorian who is also executive producing this project.
“Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is an opportunity for fans of the show to take a look inside and get to see a different perspective, and perhaps a greater understanding, of how The Mandalorian came together and some of the incredibly talented contributors throughout Season 1,” Favreau said in a statement. “We had a great experience making the show and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you.”
The first episode will premiere on May 4, a date fans will recognize as Star Wars Day, a celebration of the franchise that dates back at least a decade. Subsequent episodes will premiere on Disney+ every Friday.
Is an eight-part making of series about eight episodes of television a bit much? Probably. Will people watch it? Definitely, particularly if there’s an episode that’s wall-to-wall Baby Yoda content.
But while The Mandalorian might be the new kid on the block, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that May the Fourth is also the release date for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series finale after seven seasons on the air.
You can watch the final TV spot for the show below.
The first episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian and the series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars both premiere on Disney+ on May 4.