Production on The Mandalorian Season 4 has faced further delays due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike. The start date for filming is now projected to be in November. Disney has pushed the production back from the originally planned September schedule.
The strike has had significant repercussions across the industry, with writers fighting for their fair share. However, the Writers Guild of America has achieved a significant victory by affecting a major production like The Mandalorian. Any delays directly impact Disney’s bottom line.
At the same time, Disney could potentially opt for production to proceed without on-set writers and make last-minute changes, similar to what Prime Video did for Season 2 of The Rings of Power. However, that approach did not sit well with fans.
Critically speaking, The Mandalorian‘s third season received less acclaim than the first two seasons. And fans weren’t silent about their dislike of the season either. Disney would be wise to consider this when contemplating expediting the series without proper oversight from writers. Though the good news seems to imply that Disney is aware that rushing the production is “not the way,” hence the push of production to November.
The Mandalorian Season 4 Is Written
Executive producer Rick Famuyiwa had previously indicated during Star Wars Celebration that plans were already in motion for The Mandalorian Season 4, with the scripts already written. However, given the nature of show production, scripts often undergo changes even during filming, which cannot occur during a strike.
The Mandalorian is far from the only series impacted. The strike is resulting in significant setbacks for a number of productions, including the ones that were filming or scheduled to film when the strike went into effect on May 2nd, 2023.
Famuyiwa shared with Collider, “I mean look I don’t think it’s a secret that Jon Favreau is excited about continuing to tell stories. He’s written Season 4. I don’t know, I’d be shocked if they just stopped making them at this point. But yeah, I think that just the way shows come together, and the process around the shows, I know that they’re deep into starting the prep and the pre-production process. Now exactly when it goes to lens, and things start to shoot, I don’t know…”
Production won’t resume on The Mandalorian Season 4 until the WGA strike ends (at the earliest). The longer the strike continues, the more delays we’ll see in filming. And this delay will ultimately push the Season 4 premiere date back even further. No additional information is available at present, but stay tuned for additional updates.