Although Jon Favreau is an experienced director, having helmed successful movies such as Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010), joining a franchise as big as Star Wars likely isn’t easy for anybody. That’s why when George Lucas offered him advice for the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian, which Favreau created, we’re sure it was happily received.
“The one thing [George Lucas] said to me was, ’Remember, Jon, the real audience for all stories and all myths is the kids that are coming of age,’ because he’s really a Joseph Campbell adherent. We enjoy the stories as adults, but really, storytelling is about imparting the wisdom of the previous generations on to the children who are becoming adults, and giving them a context for how to behave and how to learn the lessons of the past without making the mistakes on their own.”
Though the Star Wars creator doesn’t have control of Lucasfilm anymore, we’d say he knows a thing or two about filmmaking, especially for a younger audience. While all ages are included in the fandom from a galaxy far, far away, we’re glad the creative forces behind the films and TV shows are thinking about the kids first.
This article also appears on Mental Floss.