Filmmakers React to Disney+
Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ launched on November 12, 2019. At first, TV watchers were a little skeptical, since the Disney+ Twitter account was tweeting out names of old movies to give us a sense of its library (Man of the House, anyone?).
But once the internet saw the magic that is Baby Yoda (via new Star Wars series The Mandalorian), everything changed. Now that we’ve all had a chance to check out the service, it’s clear that the streamer is a must-watch for more than just Star Wars, Pixar and High School Musical fans. Here are some Disney+ reactions from filmmakers:
In an interview with the ReelBlend podcast, Star Wars and Knives Out director Rian Johnson was asked if he’d be interested in directing an episode of The Mandalorian. His response: “Hell Yeah! Man, if I had the time, I would get in there in a heartbeat. I had a set visit for Season 1 and it looked amazing. It looked like so much fun!”
We’re not the only ones obsessed with Baby Yoda. Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, who stars in The Mandalorian as The Client, an enemy of Baby Yoda, actually loves him. When he heard that crew members had an alternate puppet to use if Baby Yoda wasn’t well received, he called them cowards.
Herzog even said that the sight of Baby Yoda made him very emotional. “I have seen it on the set. And it’s heartbreaking! It’s heartbreakingly beautiful,” he told Variety at the premiere of The Mandalorian. “It looked absolutely convincing. It made you cry when you saw it.”
He continued: “It’s a phenomenal technological achievement, but, beyond the technological achievement, it’s heartbreaking.”
Baby Driver director Edgar Wright also got swept up in Baby Yoda fever – but for a different reason than you might imagine. On November 29, the director tweeted a link to a Variety article about the best babies in movie and TV history. Ansel Elgort’s character in Baby Driver made the list alongside Baby Yoda and the baby from the old TV show Dinosaurs.
Filmmaker Ron Howard also tweeted about The Mandalorian in his Disney+ reactions, calling it “Outstanding.” However, he might be a little biased; his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, directed Chapter Four of the series.
Matt Shakman & Jac Schaeffer
The Mandalorian isn’t the only show on Disney+. Another highly-anticipated Disney+ show is Wandavision, a six-episode Marvel Studios series that will feature the characters Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff and The Vision. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will star.
Jac Schaeffer, who will serve as Wandavision’s showrunner, also wrote a screenplay for Black Widow. “It’s a huge surprise for me to be back in television after so many years and having just written, directed and produced features,” she said in an interview with SlashFilm.
“I think it’s unique to this moment of peak TV and the streaming model and doing limited series,” she continued. “It’s very different than what it was when I first started out and I adore it. I have an incredible room full of writers that inspire me and who are good people and talented people. I really enjoy working for Marvel and I respect what they’re trying to do. The characters are infinitely interesting so I’m grateful to be doing this.”
Matt Shakman, who’s known for directing Game of Thrones and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, has been hired to direct the series.
Even if Disney+ didn’t launch quickly enough to fill store shelves with Baby Yoda toys in time for Christmas, the streaming service has clearly made an impact on both fans and filmmakers. What’s your opinion of the streaming service?