Jon Favreau is a busy man. This live-action remake of The Lion King released this year and has grossed over $1.6 billion at the box office, making it the seventh-highest grossing film of all-time currently. His Star Wars live-action TV series, The Mandalorian, will release on November 12 on Disney+. And his cooking show, The Chef Show, premiered in June on Netflix and has been well-received.
The second batch of episodes for The Chef Show, which stars Favreau and chef Roy Choi, was released on Friday, and one of the episodes takes advantage of Favreau’s Star Wars connections. In the episode entitled “Skywalker Ranch”, Favreau and Choi head to Skywalker Ranch to cook food, using items grown at the Ranch. Not too long into the show, Dave Filoni arrives and hangs out with them for the rest of the half-hour episode, cooking and talking about various things.
So if you want to see Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau hanging out, talking some Star Wars, and cooking, check this episode out.
I love the Filoni/Favreau duo and am excited that they’re doing The Mandalorian, and I’d love to see more from them as well. Readers here will know how big of a fan I am of Filoni, and in this episode his Star Wars knowledge is on display – as he goes through some of the meals eaten during the films. But he also mentions something very important:
“When you’re working with Star Wars you know that you’re never going to make everyone happy, but you try to tell a story you like.”
Choi then says that is what he does with food too, and Favreau agrees that just as Choi makes food he would like to eat, so do Filoni and Favreau make things they would like to watch.
This is an important thing to keep in mind, and I’m so glad that Filoni understands it well: especially when it comes to Star Wars fans, you’ll never be able to completely satisfy them. They’ll never be happy; there will always be a segment of fans (albeit usually small) that will never be satisfied. So it’s absolutely the right approach for a filmmaker and/or storyteller to focus on telling a good story rather than pleasing every fan. Filoni understands that, and perhaps that’s part of the reason why he has told so many incredible Star Wars stories in his career – with many more sure to come.