Speaking to GQ Middle East, Jon Favreau shared the advice George Lucas gave him on the set of The Mandalorian back in October 2018.
“We had a long talk with each other,” Favreau told GQ Middle East while promoting his new film The Lion King. “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.
Campbell was a renowned literary mythologist, who Lucas would later call “my Yoda” when they became friends later in life. The Star Wars creator openly credits Campbell’s book The Hero With a Thousand Faces with its theory of ‘The Hero’s Journey’ playing heavily into his filmmaking.
“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,” adds Favreau.
“That’s the hope, that you can teach them how to avoid all the hardship but garner all the wisdom.”
November 19th and the premiere of The Mandalorian cannot come soon enough!