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REPORT: The Mandalorian & Grogu Gets Surprisingly Low Budget

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The Mandalorian & Grogu will reportedly be filming on a very limited budget compared to an eight-episode season of its flagship show.

According to The Bespin Bulletin, the first season of The Mandalorian was said to cost $15 million per episode, resulting in a total of $120 million for the entire season. So, the math states that the budget for The Mandalorian & Grogu will not exceed $120 million. The news comes as Disney aims to cut costs associated with blockbusters that surpass the $250 million expenses mark. However, these figures may need to be adjusted for inflation.

The Mandalorian & Grogu will begin shooting in Los Angeles on June 17, 2024. The first three seasons of The Mandalorian were shot in the Los Angeles area on soundstages at Manhattan Beach Studios with ILM's StageCraft technology and the Volume. Jon Favreau is set to direct the movie, which will be the first Star Wars feature since 2019's The Rise of Skywalker. That film exceeded a production budget of $400 million.

The Mandalorian & Grogu Is The First of Many Star Wars Movies 

Lucasfilm Chief Creative Officer Dave Filoni recently shared his thoughts on the upcoming film and expressed his confidence in Favreau's creative abilities. "I'm excited about what we're doing right now, but the movie, I think, is gonna be great. With Jon at the helm, it's gonna be fantastic, and he's so well-studied in Star Wars, so he's got a great shorthand, and I love collaborating with him. Just excited to share the future of what we're doing."

Due to Lucasfilm's confidentiality policy that keeps information related to new projects under lock and key, specific details about The Mandalorian & Grogu, such as casting and plotlines, are scarce. However, per the official IMDb logline, the story follows "a lone bounty hunter on the run tasked with protecting a coveted alien baby while evading capture in a lawless, dangerous galaxy."

Other Star Wars movies in the works include James Mangold's movie about the origins of The Force, set during the Dawn of the Jedi era. Dave Filoni is directing a film set in the New Republic era that will complete the post-Return of the Jedi stories that began in The MandalorianThe Book of Boba FettAhsoka, and the upcoming Skeleton Crew.

The Mandalorian & Grogu will likely be the first of many Star Wars movies in the coming years. The studio is also working on an untitled Star Wars movie that will bring back Daisy Ridley's Rey Skywalker in a new story set 15 years after the events of The Rise of Skywalker.

The Mandalorian & Grogu is scheduled for release on Dec. 18, 2026.

Source: The Bespin Bulletin

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